Former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski says he is seriously eyeing a run to become a U.S. senator from New Hampshire in 2020.
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Lewandowski confirmed Thursday on Fox News that he is looking “very hard” at challenging sitting Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), whom Republicans see as a vulnerable incumbent after her narrow 2014 re-election win. Shaheen announced in January that she would seek a third term in the Senate next year.
“The president needs a strong supporter of his on the ticket in New Hampshire,” Lewandowski said. “New Hampshire is a state he lost by 2,700 votes, but having a strong, unified ticket in the state will help him be successful in 2020.”
If Lewandowski does launch an official run, he won’t be the only GOP horse in the race. Bloomberg reported that former Republican New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien has already announced he will try to topple Shaheen, and so has retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc.
Shaheen served as governor from 1997 to 2003, and was a New Hampshire state senator before that. She is the first woman in the U.S. to serve as both a governor and a U.S. senator.
Fox News noted that Lewandowski has run for office in the past without success. In 1994, he ran for state representative in Massachusetts and lost to a Democrat, and he lost a bid to become town treasurer of Windham, New Hampshire, in 2012.
Lewandowski served as campaign chairman for President Trump’s 2016 campaign before he was let go and replaced by Paul Manafort. But Lewandowski has remained closed with the president, often visiting the White House and campaigning on his behalf.
According to Reuters, Lewandowski planned to fly with President Trump to a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday and could use the opportunity to bring up his potential run.