President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, announced today he will not run for Senate in New Hampshire next year.
Lewandowski had been considering a run against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat who is seeking a third term in 2020, since August. He promoted a potential campaign website during his televised, defiant testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in September and spent the next few months publicly mulling the race.
"After much consideration I have decided to forgo a campaign for the US Senate. While taking on a career politician from the Washington swamp is a tall order, I am certain I would have won. My priorities remain my family and ensuring that @realDonaldTrump is re-elected POTUS," Lewandowski wrote in a tweet.
New Hampshire is one of several Senate seats Republicans view as potential offensive opportunities as they seek to protect their 53-47 majority in a year when they are defending a half-dozen battleground seats. It is likely to be a more difficult campaign than their other pickup opportunities in Alabama and Michigan. Shaheen has won five statewide races, serving three terms as governor, winning election to the Senate in 2008 and defeating former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in the GOP wave year of 2014.
Lewandowski's decision leaves several other Republicans in the September primary to take on Shaheen: retired Army Gen. Donald Bolduc, attorney Bryant "Corky" Messner and former state House Speaker Bill O'Brien. Lewandowski said today that he would make an endorsement in the Sept. 8 primary in the "near future."