The election is 53 days away and statewide primaries are finally all behind us. New Hampshire helped bring the primaries to an end this week and the results from the granite state have put an exclamation mark on the role Arab American candidates are playing this election cycle. There were two Arab Americans on the ballot for critical seats - the political dynasty bearing Chris Sununu won the Republican nomination for Governor of New Hampshire in a heated contest to replace the incumbent Maggie Hassan who is hoping to win a Senate seat to the Democratic count. Richard Ashooh, an Arab American who ran to represent New Hampshire's 1st district, lost the GOP primary by 1% point to the scandal-plagued incumbent Rep. Frank Guinta. With Guinta as the nominee, leading pollsters are predicting that Democrats have a much better shot at winning back the 1st district seat than they would have against Ashooh. But New Hampshire isn't the only state where Arab Americans are dictating national storylines. There's also Democrat Matt Heinz who is trying to oust Republican Martha McSally from her seat representing Arizona's 2nd district. Heinz's race is looking promising for Democrats bid to inch closer to a majority in the House of Representatives - so much so that the DCCC picked Heinz as a race to watch, and fund. In Nevada, Democrat Ruben Kihuen's 4th district race is big enough news to have earned him a speaking role at the Democratic nominating convention. These are big league races that are adding to the multi-term Arab American incumbents also up for election this year, including Rep. Charles Boustany (R, LA-3) who is trying to win a Senate seat after six terms in the House. In a crowded field of 24 that includes David Duke, Boustany is looking to finish as one of the top two to head into the runoff in December.  

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