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New Hampshire GOP congressional candidate Matt Mowers. (Photo: Matt Mowers).

Mowers narrows gap to 8 points in New Hampshire House race

Former Christie aide trails freshman Democratic incumbent 49%-41%

By David Wildstein, October 09 2020 6:26 pm

A New Jersey native and Republican operative running for Congress in New Hampshire is now within 8 points of a Democratic incumbent, according to a St. Anselm College poll released on Thursday.

Matt Mowers, a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, now trails freshman Rep. Chris Pappas by a 49%-41% margin in New Hampshire’s 1st district.

A Granite State poll released on October 1 had Pappas leading Mowers by 18 points, 56%-38%.

Mowers still remains largely unknown in New Hampshire, where he moved after the 2013 election to become executive director of the state GOP.  He has favorables of 32%-27%.

Pappas has a job approval rating of 37%-37% and favorables of 49%-37%; in Mowers’ district, Trump’s job approval is at 44%-55% and his favorables are at 42%-57%

President Donald Trump’s job approval in New Hampshire is upside-down at 44%-56%.  Joe Biden has a 12-point lead in the state, 53%-41%, and is up 10 points, 52%-42% in the 1st district.

Mowers trails Pappas by 16 points among undeclared voters, by 10 points among self-identified moderates, and by 14 points among self-identified swing, ticket-splitting voters.

Exporting Mowers to New Hampshire was all part of a plan to help Christie get a foothold into the first-in-the-nation primary two years early.  A top Christie advisor with relationships in New Hampshire had strongly lobbied then-New Hampshire GOP State chair Jennifer Horn to hire him.

Mowers ran Christie’s New Hampshire primary campaign.

He later joined the 2016 Trump campaign as National Field Coordinator & Battleground States Director.

Mowers served at the U.S. Department of State as a senior White House advisor and as chief of staff and chief policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.

Mowers has received substantial financial support from New Jersey Republican donors, and Christie has been raising money for him.  His New Jersey haul was $135,452 as of August 19.  He has not yet released his 3rd quarter fundraising numbers.

Pappas won an open seat by a 54%-45% margin in 2018 following the retirement of Rep. Carol Shea Porter.  Trump won the district by a 48%-46% margin in 2016.

The St. Anselm poll was conducted between October 1-4 with a sample size of 1,147 and a margin of error of +/- 2.9%.

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