New Hampshire Senate nominee Don Bolduc was the victim of an attempted assault before the debate


New Hampshire Republican Senate nominee Don Bolduc reportedly dodged a punch from a would-be attacker before taking the stage to debate with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on Wednesday.

Bolduc, 60, a retired Army brigadier general, was apparently unharmed and the person who tried to attack the Senate nominee was arrested, according to his campaign.

“As the general said on stage tonight, it is time to lower the temperature of political discourse in this country. Before the debate, one person in the crowd gathered outside attempted to punch the general and was quickly apprehended and arrested,” a Bolduc campaign spokesman told the Boston 25 News.

“We are grateful for the quick response from local law enforcement,” the spokesman added.

The Post has reached out to the Bolduc campaign and the Goffstown Police Department in New Hampshire for comment.

With less than a week to go before Election Day, incumbent Senator Maggie Hassan is narrowly leading Bolduc.

Kevin Donohoe, communications director for Hassan’s campaign, said Wednesday the attacker was a “libertarian party activist” and he condemned the incident.

“Disgusting behavior. We saw the same Libertarian Party activist get aggressive towards our campaign workers in this debate and the last,” Donohoe wrote on Twitter.

Wednesday’s debate between Bolduc and Hassan was the third and final debate before the Nov. 8 election. Hassan leads Bolduc by 1 percentage point, according to a poll average from RealClearPolitics.

President Biden condemned the political violence in a speech on Wednesday, including the recent hammer attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosis’ husband, Paul.

“There is an alarming increase in the number of our people in this country who condone political violence or simply remain silent because silence is complicity,” Biden said.

“The disturbing rise in voter intimidation, the pernicious tendency to condone, or at least try to explain away, political violence — we cannot allow sentiment to rise,” the president added.

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