Matt Mowers, a former New Jersey political operative running for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district, holds a four-point lead in the Republican primary according to a new poll of registered voters conducted by St. Anselm College Survey Center.
Mowers had the support of 25% of the poll’s respondents, slightly ahead of former White House assistant press secretary Karoline Leavitt’s 21%. Further back were former journalist Gail Huff Brown and State Rep. Tim Baxter at 9% and 8%, respectively.
This is Mowers’ second time running for the 1st congressional district; he previously ran in 2020, winning the primary easily but losing to Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH) 51-46% in the general election.
Before his runs for elected office, Mowers was a top aide to former Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey, working on both of his gubernatorial campaigns and in the governor’s office. In 2013, he departed New Jersey to become the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, and later ran New Hampshire operations for Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Following Christie’s brutal primary loss, Mowers moved away from the state to work in D.C., but he eventually moved back for his first congressional run. His loose connection to New Hampshire has become a common attack line for his primary opponents, as has his relationship with the Trump-skeptical Christie.
The St. Anselm Poll isn’t the only recent New Hampshire poll to give Mowers a lead. A poll conducted by NH Journal that was released earlier this week found Mowers ahead of Leavitt 31-16%, with Brown and Baxter both lagging far behind. (The New Jersey Globe only writes stories on polls that release their full questionnaire, something the NJ Journal poll did not do.)
The St. Anselm poll was conducted from August 9-11 with a sample size of 423 registered NH-1 Republican voters and a margin of error of +/- 4.8%.