Last Saturday, in the last weeks leading up to New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation GOP presidential primary, former president Donald Trump will seek to secure his support there in an effort to solidify his position as the 2024 Republican front-runner.
Trump will make his first visit to New Hampshire in more than a month and will rally in the liberal county seat of Durham, a college town. His next stop will be in Waterloo, Iowa, on Tuesday—his second visit to the Hawkeye State in a week—after an event in Reno, Nevada, on Sunday.
This sudden uptick in campaigning is indicative of Trump’s team’s determination to keep him well ahead of the pack when the polls close and voting begins. In private, his advisors have expressed worry that Trump’s base may start to believe he has the election wrapped up and doesn’t need their support.
Supporters were urged to cast their ballots, Trump told them Wednesday night in Coralville, Iowa, despite the fact that his team was in a commanding lead.
It’s interesting to note that Trump’s trip to New Hampshire follows challenger Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s one-day visit to the Granite State. This comes at a time when another opponent, Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, seems to be making headway in the state. This is highlighted by the recent support of Chris Sununu, the popular governor of the state, who has been vocal about his opposition to Trump’s candidature.
On Tuesday, Sununu informed reporters that, in his opinion, there were only two candidates in the New Hampshire Republican primary.
Two individuals are competing in this race. Trump and Nikki Haley! This concludes my remarks… with all due regard for the other contenders,” Sununu declared.
After Sununu endorsed Haley, Trump attacked the New Hampshire governor, calling him “unelectable” and said Haley had “no chance of winning.”
According to a Trump campaign adviser who spoke with HEADLINESFOREVER soon after the endorsement of Sununu broke, the campaign has no intentions to change its approach in light of Haley’s rising profile.
The effect of Sununu’s endorsement on the primary is uncertain. An endorsement from another popular governor, Kim Reynolds, seems to have only a marginal impact on DeSantis’ support in Iowa, according to a recent survey by the Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom.
Trump received 42% of the vote in a recent HEADLINESFOREVER/University of New Hampshire survey of Republican primary voters in New Hampshire. His nearest rival, Haley, was at twenty percent.
In national polls, Trump’s lead is significantly larger. In a poll that was issued on Thursday by the Pew Research Centre, 52% of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters listed the former president as their preferred candidate for the Republican primary. In second place, at 14%, was DeSantis.
There has been talk that Haley is making progress against Trump with Sununu’s assistance, although Trump has denied this.
It’s not a surge. With no surge, Trump told his Iowa rallygoers on Wednesday.
On the other hand, a new ad that the Trump team released on Friday emphasises Reynolds’ prior remarks in support of Trump in an attempt to discredit her endorsement of DeSantis in Iowa. In Iowa, ads airing from the super PAC supporting DeSantis, Never Back Down, portray Reynolds endorsing the governor of Florida. This commercial could counter those spots.
DeSantis has been making an attempt to differentiate himself from Trump, and he wasted no time attacking the previous president during Wednesday’s HEADLINESFOREVER town hall in Iowa. In his criticism of Trump, DeSantis pointed out his unpredictability in speech, his reluctance to debate other Republican candidates, and his record on COVID-19.
“You have no idea what he’s going to say when he gets off the teleprompter now,” DeSantis remarked. This Donald Trump is not the same as the one in 2015 and 2016. In those days, he was quite the character, but when it came to policy, it was all about America. Now he’s the centre of attention.
Haley announced her attendance at next month’s HEADLINESFOREVER Iowa debate, joining DeSantis in criticising Trump for missing all three Republican primary debates this year. Upon hearing the news last week, DeSantis immediately committed to attending the debate.
According to Haley, “Donald Trump is finding it harder to hide” as the debate platform keeps becoming smaller.
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is one of the Republican candidates who has been attacking Trump more and more. On Friday, Christie’s team ran its first ad in New Hampshire. In an apparent dig at DeSantis and Haley, the commercial maintains that Christie is “the only one who can beat Trump because he’s the only one trying to beat Trump” in relation to the former president.
Christie is still well behind the former president in New Hampshire polls, so his gamble to campaign almost entirely in the Granite State and centre his messaging on criticising Trump has not paid off.