New Hampshire Republican seeks GOP Senate nomination amid GOP scandal

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The Hill article Republicans are trying to recruit a Senate candidate from a state that has been engulfed in scandal over its handling of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Republican National Committee is planning to hire a new pollster and will begin to prepare to fill a vacant seat on the state’s Supreme Court, according to sources familiar with the plans.

The GOP is also preparing to spend money to boost the party’s coffers in the 2018 midterm elections.

The new pollsters, though, are not expected to have a role in selecting a candidate, which could open up a new and potentially competitive Senate race in New Hampshire.

The GOP has not yet formally named a candidate for the seat, but it has begun exploring candidates for the House seat in New England and the state Assembly seat in Vermont, where Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul and Republican Rep. David Wotherspoon have served in the lower house since 2018.

Hochul, the only woman to represent New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District in the House, is now the Democratic nominee for the Senate.

She defeated Republican Gov.

Maggie Hassan in a 2016 Democratic primary.

Wotherspoons Senate race also came down to a Democratic primary, but Hochuls defeat has made her the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.