General election candidates set in this New Hampshire swing district

Democratic primary

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas won the Democratic primary for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. He received 52 percent of the vote with 32 percent of precincts reporting. Former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Maura Sullivan was second with 27 percent.

Eleven candidates ran in the race. Sullivan raised $1.8 million—more than twice as much as any other candidate. Pappas raised $820,000.

Pappas contrasted himself with Sullivan by saying that most of his donors are from New Hampshire. Sullivan said she gained supporters through her work in the Marines and as assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs under Obama.

Healthcare policy also divided the 11-candidate field. Pappas was among the candidates who supported allowing people to buy into Medicare as a method of expanding healthcare access, while other challengers supported Medicare for all.

Pappas’ other policy priorities include tuition-free college and opposing restrictions on abortion.

Republican primary

Former police chief Eddie Edwards defeated four candidates in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District Republican primary. With 70 percent of precincts reporting, he had 48 percent of the vote; in second place was state Sen. Andy Sanborn with 41 percent.

Sanborn and Edwards both had high-profile endorsements; Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz backed Sanborn, and Edwards had the support of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Edwards campaigned on his history in law enforcement and argued that he has the character and integrity needed in Congress. Sanborn emphasized his record of voting to lower taxes in the state Senate.

Edwards’ experience includes serving as director of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission Enforcement Division and owning Eddie Edwards Consulting, which works with small businesses on regulatory compliance.

General election

The swing district has changed partisan hands five times in the last six elections, and the general election is expected to be competitive. The current incumbent, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D), is retiring.

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