Like a driver taking a screeching U-turn, Don Bolduc, the Republican candidate for Senate in New Hampshire, moved from his primary race to the general election on Thursday, saying he had “come to the conclusion” that the presidential election of 2020 “wasn’t stolen,” after spending over a year claiming it was.
“I’ve done a lot of research on this, and I’ve spent the last two weeks talking to Granite Staters across the state from every party, and I’ve come to the conclusion, and I want to be definitive on this, the election was not stolen,” Bolduc said in a statement. an interview on Fox News.
He continued to falsely claim that the election was rigged, but acknowledged that the result was not in doubt.
“Elections have consequences, and unfortunately President Biden is the rightful president of this country,” he said.
Bolduc won his primary on Tuesday against a more moderate candidate, Chuck Morse, president of the New Hampshire Senate. Bolduc ran on an uncompromising right-wing platform, complete with claims that former President Donald J. Trump had won the 2020 election.
But now he faces a tough general election campaign against Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan. She is vulnerable in November, but Republicans worry, less vulnerable to Bolduc than she would have been to Morse.
Ms Hassan’s campaign was quick to respond to Mr Bolduc’s reversal, sharing a series of videos and quotes from the many times Mr Bolduc promoted the lie that the 2020 election was stolen.
“Don Bolduc is desperately trying to escape years of spreading the Big Lie, but he can’t hide from video receipts,” his campaign said in a statement.