Will New Hampshire Send Its First Black Representative to Congress?
Five Republicans are on today’s New Hampshire primary ballot, but the nomination battle is really a two-person contest between Eddie Edwards, who could make history as New Hampshire’s first Black member of Congress, and four-term state Sen. Andy Sanborn, who is a conservative with a libertarian streak. Edwards is a U.S. Navy veteran, a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and a former police chief of a small town who also served as the state liquor commission’s Chief Law Enforcement officer. He is endorsed by Rudy Giuliani, who described Edwards as a “strong conservative who believes in low taxes and is a supporter of the ‘America First’ agenda of President Trump.” The race between Edwards and Sanborn has turned ugly with both candidates accusing each other of lying over past controversies. Edwards accused his rival of demonstrating “predatory behavior in our statehouse,” referencing Sanborn being accused of making crass comments to an intern. Sanborn repeatedly describes Edwards as a “government bureaucrat” and spotlighted Edwards’ time on a nonprofit board that funded Planned Parenthood. Levi Sanders, son of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), is one of the contenders on the Democratic side. The First District is one of 12 that are currently represented by a Democrat and backed Donald Trump in 2016. More here.