New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is first among equals as Senate Republicans recruit challengers they believe can deliver them the majority in 2022.
Polling suggests Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan is vulnerable. But New Hampshire has proven to be difficult terrain for Republicans lately. Even with President Joe Biden in the White House, there is no guarantee the GOP will benefit from historical tailwinds and oust the incumbent. Sununu, Republicans are convinced, can make it so, tipping the scales in their favor in the midterm elections battle for control of the Senate.
“You’ve got to have the fire in the belly,” Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said recently, in a conversation with reporters about his approach to candidate recruitment. “This idea that you can just go talk somebody into running — if they don’t have the fire in the belly, they’re not going to win. This is not for the faint