(DURHAM) – Former US President Donald Trump on Saturday asked New Hampshire voters to help him secure the Republican nomination before his rivals find their footing with the campaign opening in just weeks.
His appearance in Durham comes as part of a tour by the former president of the early primary states, where he showed his wide lead in the polls over a dwindling number of Republican Party candidates. They are trying to prevent a political comeback as Mr. Trump faces multiple indictments and eyes a potential rematch with President Joe Biden, the Democrat he lost to in 2020.
“We’re going to win the New Hampshire primary, and then we’re going to crush dishonest Joe Biden next November,” Trump said, reminding his supporters that he had assured their state would continue to host the nation’s first-ever primary after that. Iowa caucuses.
Trump said New Hampshire would eliminate “Republicans in name only,” referring to his rivals Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, and Nikki Haley, Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations.
New Hampshire’s primary is scheduled for January 23, eight days after Iowa begins its nominating process on January 15. Nevada and South Carolina are in the early stages, before Super Tuesday on March 5, when the largest cumulative number of delegates is up for grabs in a single day of the election calendar.
Donald Trump’s campaign sees a way for him to secure the nomination before the election begins on Super Tuesday.
“What’s really important from our perspective is the ability to win in the early states,” Chris Lacivita, a senior campaign adviser, told Right Side Broadcasting, minutes before Mr. Trump appeared on the scene.
Winning in Iowa, winning in New Hampshire, winning in Nevada, winning in South Carolina – it’s over. This is our goal.
Chris Lacivita, senior campaign advisor to Donald Trump
Before the rally, the Trump campaign announced its support for former state Senate President Chuck Morse, who is now running for governor. Morse, who ran for U.S. Senate last year but lost the primary to a candidate closer to Trump, told the crowd that it was time for Republicans to rally around a candidate who could not only win, but also get the job done for them. “Our country.”
“He did it once and he’ll do it again,” Mr. Morse said.
Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday supported MI Haley, who is fighting Governor DeSantis to become a plausible alternative to Donald Trump. Mr. Sununu, a frequent critic of Mr. Trump who has ignored the 2024 White House race, said Republicans who “do not have a path to victory must have the courage to withdraw” from their party’s primaries in order to stop Trump. Trump card.
A November poll conducted by CNN and the University of New Hampshire in New Hampshire found that MI Haley came in second place, far behind Trump, but slightly ahead of fellow candidates Mr. DeSantis and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary twice, but lost the state in both of his general elections. He is confident enough in his dominance of the Republican Party that he spent more time Saturday opposing Biden.
“Under the Trump administration, you were better off, your family was better off, your neighbors were better off, your communities were better off, and our country was better off. America is stronger, richer, safer, and more confident than ever before. “You put me behind that desk in the Oval Office,” Mr. Trump said.
That argument resonates with voters like Brandon Seavey, 25, who was attending his first Donald Trump event from nearby Dover. Mr. Seavey said he worked several retail and fast food jobs and found it easier to find work when Mr. Trump was president. Plus, he likes Mr. Trump’s cheeky side.
“It’s noisy and unpleasant and it bothers people,” Mr Seavey said. But that’s what I like about it. »
“Total coffee aficionado. Travel buff. Music ninja. Bacon nerd. Beeraholic.”