Former Dem Gabbard Barnstorming for GOP Senate Nominee Bolduc (Newsmax)
By Eric Mack | Wednesday, 12 October 2022 12:17 PM EDT
New Hampshire GOP Senate nominee Don Bolduc announced Wednesday the newly independent Tulsi Gabbard is going to go on a barnstorming campaign tour to stump for the conservative Senate candidate.
"@TulsiGabbard is a fellow change agent and independent-minded outsider willing to speak truth to power," retired Army Brig. Gen. Bolduc tweeted Wednesday morning, linking to an official press release. "I'm honored to have her support and looking forward to barnstorming NH with her! #NHSEN."
The announcement comes just one day after Gabbard made her departure from the Democratic Party official. Gabbard, who is a frequent guest on Newsmax, had run in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary as a moderate.
"We don't agree on every issue, but I am honored to have the support of Tulsi Gabbard who shares my view that the status quo is broken, and we need a change of direction," Bolduc, who is running to flip the seat of Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., wrote in a statement.
"Tulsi is a fellow change agent and independent-minded outsider willing to speak truth to power. I am going to spend every day between now and election day building a wide coalition of supporters that includes Republicans, independents, and even disaffected Democrats who know that Sen. Hassan is a career politician and must be retired."
Bolduc has not received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, but Trump has called Bolduc a "strong" and "tough" guy.
Gabbard, who served eight years as a Democrat House member, is in the U.S. Army reserves and a former major of the Hawaii National Guard.
Polling has Hassan leading in the final weeks before the Nov. 8 vote, but The Trafalgar Group's most recent poll has Bolduc down 3 points, just outside the margin of error (2.9 points), and Gabbard had been a heavy buyer during the 2020 Democrat presidential primary. Gabbard billboards peppered the New Hampshire highways more than any other candidate.