“The media, the Washington establishment, and the Democrats certainly counted us out. They said I was too young, we could never raise the money to compete, and that we could never beat a former Republican nominee.”

Mowers Was Her Competition

The 33-year-old Mowers, who assisted Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign before serving in his administration, ran for office on a platform of youth and vowed to bring a new generation of conservative leadership to Washington. Nevertheless, Leavitt criticized him, calling him a handpicked puppet of the GOP elite.