What started as a comfortable race for a Kevin McCarthy-backed candidate has turned into a hotly contested primary, pitting some of MAGA world’s biggest names against each other as the race hurdles to a close.
Along the Granite State’s wealthy Seacoast region in the 1st Congressional District, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Congressional Leadership Fund has already spent more than $1.3 million boosting Matt Mowers, a former Trump White House advisor at the State Department. The PAC also placed a $407,369 ad buy for Mowers on Friday.
On the other side is Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY), the third ranking House Republican, who’s backing her former press secretary, Karoline Leavitt. At 25, Leavitt would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress if she wins the general election.
The endorsements in the primary—with Mowers and Leavitt neck-and-neck in the latest University of…