Former President Donald Trump’s State Department official, Matt Mowers will face Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) in November’s 1st District election. While representing the 2nd District, Rep. Steve Negron (R-N.H.) will face Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) who is aiming to win her fifth term. 

Mowers easily won the Republican Party’s nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. President Trump’s support and strong fundraising lead over his opponents would have facilitated his victory, according to the local newspaper Concord Monitor.

“I want to thank a good friend of all of ours, the president of the United States for his early support in this campaign,” Mowers told supporters in his primary victory speech.

Mowers achieved a landslide victory over his main rival in the five-candidate field: former Republican vice president of New Hampshire and former Dover city councilor Matt Mayberry. He will now face a tough battle in his bid to oust Pappas.

Trump’s victory in 2016 opened the door for Mowers to join the State Department where he was active for three years. Last year he returned to New Hampshire and moved to Bedford. In January, he announced his own candidacy for Congress.

In the other House showdown, Kuster easily defeated Joseph Mirzoeff.

Negron, a retired Air Force officer and Nashua city businessman, won the Republican primary also in 2018 in the 2nd District. He had a close election for much of the night with his main rival among the four contenders, Lynne Blankenbeker. 

The showdown between Negron and Blankenbeker was a rematch of the election two years ago, when Negron won the Republican nomination before losing to Kuster by just two points in the general election.

According to The Associated Press, the pandemic caused by the CCP virus made voting in the primary quite unique this year and allowed people to request absentee ballots. Interestingly, over 100,000 applications for ballots were submitted for the New Hampshire election, of which 75,000 have been returned, 25,000 were not turned in according to the Secretary of State’s office.