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State Sen. Andy Sanborn speaks in favor of right to work legislation, in the state Senate on Jan. 19, 2017

Mar 8, 2017 10:05 PM

NH1 News Reports: Sanborn eyeing 2018 bid for Congress

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CONCORD – It appears state Sen. Andy Sanborn is seriously considering a bid for Congress next year.

The conservative lawmaker from Bedford met last week while in the nation’s capital with officials from the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to GOP sources in Washington.

NH1 News first reported news of the Sanborn meeting with NRCC officials on Twitter.

The NRCC, the campaign arm of U.S. House Republicans, is targeting Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter in the 2018 midterm elections. The Democrat from Rochester is now serving her fourth term representing New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, which is one of the most high-profile and highly watched swing districts in the country.

NH1 News also confirmed that Sanborn was accompanied by veteran Granite State Republican strategist Ethan Zorfas, a former chief of staff and a top political adviser to Congressman Frank Guinta, who Shea-Porter narrowly defeated last November to reclaim her old seat. Zorfas also served as deputy national political director for the 2106 presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

WMUR’s John DiStaso was first to report that Zorfas was in Washington with Sanborn.

The state senator, now in his fourth term, is one of the top conservative voices in the State House. He’s chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and an influential member of the important Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee.

GOP sources in Washington tell NH1 News this wasn’t Sanborn’s first trip to the nation’s capital this year to meet with officials and advisers.

Four-term state Rep. John Burt of Goffstown last month publicly said he’s considering a bid for the GOP nomination in the 1st Congressional District.

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