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Smith files to run for Republican nomination to face Hassan

CONCORD, N.H. —

Republican Kevin Smith made his campaign for U.S. Senate official Wednesday, filing to run with the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office.

Smith is running for the Republican nomination to face U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.

“I look forward to talking with the voters in the state this fall about why we need to save America from the socialist policies that Hassan, (President Joe) Biden and the Democrats have been putting out there on everyone,” Smith said. “People are mad as hell.”

Smith contends he is the best bet for Republicans to bring together the coalition of voters necessary to defeat incumbent Hassan.

“There’s nothing to unite people like the pain they’re feeling economically, and people are feeling pain right now, and it’s only going to be worse this fall when they’re going to be buying home heating oil and they’re going to be paying $6.50, maybe $7,” Smith said.

Smith ran for governor a decade ago and lost that primary to a more conservative candidate and the eventual Republican nominee. In this more crowded contest, he wants to define himself and connect with the GOP base before he gets boxed out by anyone else.

“I think we’re doing all the right things this time,” Smith said. “No. 1, we’re raising a lot of money. We’ll be right there competing in resources with any of the top-tier candidates, and we’ll certainly have the resources to take on Maggie Hassan.”

Original article: https://www.wmur.com/article/smith-files-republican-nomination-hassan/40232998