The state’s primary is set for Sept. 13, with Leavitt, an ex-assistant press secretary for former President Donald Trump, facing off against nine other Republican candidates. Cruz endorsed Leavitt last October, calling her at the time a “fighter who shares our core values, will bring new leadership to D.C. and help conservatives stand up to the Swamp.”
“Senator Ted Cruz is one of the greatest champions of the Constitution and our God-given freedoms on Capitol Hill,” Leavitt said in a statement. “I am grateful for his support, and I look forward to welcoming him back to the Live Free or Die State — as we work to defeat the Establishment on September 13th.”
As New Hampshire has the first presidential primary, Cruz’s visit has aroused speculation that he’s jump-starting his own presidential campaign. The senator ran in 2016 as the runner-up for the GOP nomination to former President Donald Trump. Cruz has not denied rumors of a 2024 campaign.
Leavitt is one of nine Republicans running for the seat of two-term Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH). Among them is Matt Mower, a former Trump campaign staffer who went on to work in the State Department during his term. Mower unsuccessfully ran against Pappas in 2020 as the GOP candidate. Neither Mower nor Leavitt has nabbed the former president’s endorsement yet.