Trump ally Corey Lewandowski says he won’t run for US Senate

Jennifer Jacobs

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he won’t run for a U.S. Senate seat in his home state of New Hampshire.

Lewandowski had considered entering the Republican primary to challenge two-term Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, whom GOP leaders considered vulnerable after she narrowly won re-election in 2014. He had received encouragement from Trump, though the president did not outright endorse him.

Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, talks with his attorney Peter Chavkin, right, as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill.

An Emerson College poll conducted in September found that Republican primary voters preferred Lewandowski by a double-digit margin over two declared candidates, retired Army General Don Bolduc and a state legislator, Bill O’Brien. But Lewandowski would enter the race against Shaheen facing a 10-point deficit, the poll found.

New Hampshire Democrats had signaled they would make an issue of how Lewandowski has earned a living since he left Trump’s employment. He co-founded a lobbying firm, Avenue Strategies, but left in 2017 and now runs his own consulting firm without registering as a lobbyist. That has allowed him to advise companies seeking influence in Washington without filing lobbying disclosures identifying his clients or the issues they’re pursuing.

Lewandowksi speaks often to the president and has repeatedly traveled with him on Air Force One. He previously ran for office in Massachusetts and in New Hampshire but was unsuccessful.

Shaheen was first elected to the Senate in 2008 after having served as New Hampshire’s governor from 1997 to 2003 and before that as a state senator.