New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan and Republican Don Bolduc face off Wednesday night for a rematch after the two U.S. Senate candidates went head-to-head in a debate last week.
Incumbent Hassan and GOP challenger Bolduc will debate less than one week before Election Day.
The debate is the first since Bolduc received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump. In a Truth Social post earlier this week, Trump called the candidate a “strong and proud ‘Election Denier,’ a big reason that he won the nomination.”
The candidates have sparred over inflation, 2020 election fraud and abortion.
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The competitive Senate race will determine if Hassan serves another term. The Senate is currently split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris giving Democrats the tie-breaking vote.
When is the debate?
The live debate will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. It is scheduled to last one hour.
– Rachel Looker
How to watch?
The debate will air live on WMUR-TV and on WMUR.com.
– Rachel Looker
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New Hampshire Democrats focus on abortion
New Hampshire’s current race for U.S. Senate could have major implications for abortion rights nationwide if voters pick Bolduc over incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan, according to state Democratic leaders.
Polling suggests most Granite Staters will respond positively to messages in favor of abortion rights. What’s less clear is how voters with nuanced views on this topic will make sense of a partisan debate that directly involves shifting policies at both the state and federal levels.
Hassan v. Bolduc: Why Democrats in NH are focused on abortion. What do voters think?
While Democrats argue Republicans intend to clamp down on women’s access to reproductive health care, Republicans contend that Democrats have staked out a position that’s too extreme.
– Rachel Looker, Stephen Porter
Previously: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, eliminating constitutional right to abortion
Candidates answer questions at candidate forum
Hassan and Bolduc took questions from business owners and members of the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth at a candidate forum Oct. 25.
Bolduc called out the Hassan campaign’s “attack” advertisements about him, stating continued political “divisiveness” recently led to an incident when another driver began following his car.
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“I will tell you all the ads out there about me from my opponent are lies. It’s not true. The (lack of) civility out there, I feel and I see, and it’s wrong,” he said. “And I will not lower myself to that level. I will not do that. You deserve better in your public servants.”
Hassan labeled Bolduc as “possibly the most extreme opponent nominee for the United State Senate that New Hampshire has seen in modern history.”
The first-term senator additionally cast doubt that Bolduc would accept the results of the upcoming election if he loses.
– Rachel Looker, Ian Lenahan
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New Hampshire Senate race: Hassan, Bolduc to debate as election nears
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