Another week of high profile endorsements on both sides of the ballot as the campaigns continue to make their case to potential voters ahead of New Hampshire's 1st District primary. 

As of this week, all of New Hampshire's congressional delegation has endorsed a primary candidate.

The Sept. 11 primary will decide which of the 11 Democrats, and which of the five Republicans will face each other and Libertarian Dan Belforti on the ballot in November for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of Rochester.

For the Republicans

The NHGOP announced a debate for the 1st District, in cooperation with iHeart Media, to take place in Concord on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.

Former police Chief Eddie Edwards of Dover was endorsed by former Senator and Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. 

Edwards is "ideally suited to represent NH-01 and help President Trump change the direction of our country," Santorum said in a statement.

State Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford was endorsed by Senator and Republican candidate for president Ted Cruz of Texas. 

"I'm asking New Hampshire voters to carefully consider the choices before them this election cycle, and to stand with those who have proven themselves to be conservatives of conviction," Cruz said in a statement.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col and former U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida also endorsed Edwards in a campaign video earlier in the week.

For the Democrats

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen endorsed executive councilor Chris Pappas of Manchester on Tuesday. 

"Chris is a proven progressive who has never been afraid to take on the big fights," Shaheen said.

Shaheen joins U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan and Congresswoman Annie Kuster in backing Pappas' campaign. Three of the four members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation have now endorsed Pappas. Shea-Porter has endorsed her former chief of staff and campaign manager Naomi Andrews of Epping.

Business executive Deaglan McEachern of Portsmouth and state Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye both released statements against the endorsement.

Former Department of Veteran Affairs Assistant Secretary Maura Sullivan of Portsmouth campaigned with former secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday at a health care roundtable in Rochester and toured the Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth.

The New Hampshire AFL-CIO announced U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be the keynote speaker at the organization's annual labor day breakfast. 

The New Hampshire chapter has already endorsed its former president and state Rep. Mark MacKenzie of Manchester. Bernie Sanders son, policy strategist Levi Sanders of Claremont, is a candidate in the 1st District.

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