May 26, 2016 12:41 AM
Steinhauser: Lawrence tells NH1 News bid for Congress 'looking pretty good'
NH1 News Political Director
CONCORD – Don’t be surprised if Jim Lawrence officially files his candidacy for Congress in the next week or two.
The former state representative from Hudson, who made a bid for the 2014 Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District, sure sounds like he’s ready to make another go of it.
“I have an exploratory committee doing diligent work now and I have to tell you the results have been very positive. So it’s looking pretty good,” Lawrence said Wednesday in a sit down interview with NH1 News.
Asked what the final deciding factor will be, Lawrence said “to be honest with you family is the most important thing to me. If I don’t have the support of my family I definitely won’t go. I can tell you though that my family seems to be very supportive this go around. And it’s not like they don’t know what it’s like. Because I ran for Congress in 2014 as well.”
Lawrence, who’s an Air Force veteran, set up an exploratory committee a couple of weeks ago. He told NH1 News that “I have been receiving a lot of phone calls and emails the past several months, which is one of the reasons I decided to explore this run in the first place.”
“I’ve been on the road for at least several months already getting feedback from the people of New Hampshire. And it’s all be positive so far,” he added.
Lawrence came in third in the 2014 GOP primary, with just under 19% of the vote. Marilinda Garcia won the contest, with Gary Lambert coming in second. Both of those candidates had been in the race for many months before Lawrence jumped in.
“I didn’t even explore for very long before I announced last time. I announced well into June. That was a very short candidacy, 91 days. I was very pleased that I was able to get almost 20% of the vote in a three-way race in 91 days,” Lawrence said.
Two Republican candidates have already declared: State Rep. and former House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan of Brookline and Casey Newell of Deerfield.
Even though he’s not a declared candidate, Lawrence grabbed 51% of the vote at a straw poll this week put on by the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women. Flanagan was a distant second, at 28%.
The winner of the September 13 GOP primary will face off in November against two-term Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster, who’s already raised more than $2 million for her re-election campaign.
Watch Jim Lawrence's interview with NH1 News Sunday at 11:30am and 10:30pm on NH1 Newsmakers on WBIN-TV