February 26, 2024


The New Hampshire major is Jan. 23, eight days after Iowa begins the nominating course of with its caucuses on Jan. 15.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a marketing campaign rally, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photograph/Reba Saldanha)

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump requested New Hampshire voters on Saturday to assist him safe the Republican presidential nomination earlier than any rivals discover their footing with the 2024 marketing campaign’s opening contest simply weeks away.

The looks in Durham was a part of a swing taking the previous president by way of early nominating states as he cites his huge polling lead over a dwindling subject of GOP hopefuls. They’re making an attempt to dam his political comeback as Trump navigates a number of indictments and appears forward to a possible rematch with President Joe Biden, the Democrat he misplaced to in 2020.

“We’re going to win the New Hampshire major, then we’re going to crush crooked Joe Biden subsequent November,” Trump stated, reminding supporters that he ensured their state would proceed to host the nation’s first major after Iowa’s kickoff caucuses.

“New Hampshire goes to weed out the insincere RINOs … Republicans in title solely,” Trump stated, referring to rivals Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor who was endorsed by Trump in 2018, and Nikki Haley, Trump’s former U.N. ambassador. Trump warned that his allies-turned-opponents “will betray you identical to they betrayed me.”

The New Hampshire major is Jan. 23, eight days after Iowa begins the nominating course of on Jan. 15. Nevada and South Carolina come subsequent within the early levels, earlier than Tremendous Tuesday on March 5, when the very best cumulative variety of delegates are up for grabs on any single day on the election calendar. The Trump marketing campaign sees a path for him to safe the nomination earlier than the Tremendous Tuesday polls open.

“What’s actually vital from our standpoint is with the ability to win the early states,” senior marketing campaign adviser Chris LaCivita advised Proper Facet Broadcasting minutes earlier than Trump stepped on stage. “Successful Iowa, successful New Hampshire, successful Nevada, successful South Carolina — it’s over. That’s our objective.”

Earlier than the rally, Trump’s marketing campaign introduced an endorsement from former state Senate President Chuck Morse, who’s now operating for governor. Morse, who ran for U.S. Senate final 12 months however misplaced the first to a candidate extra carefully aligned with Trump, advised the group it’s time for Republicans to “rally round a candidate who can’t solely win however get the job completed for our nation.”

“He’s completed it as soon as, and he’ll do it once more,” Morse stated.

Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday endorsed Haley, who’s battling DeSantis to change into a believable various to Trump. Sununu, a frequent Trump critic who handed on the 2024 White Home race, has argued that Republicans with “no path to victory will need to have the braveness to get out” of their occasion’s major so as to cease Trump.

Trump referred to as Sununu a egocentric “spoiled brat” who handed up an opportunity to win a U.S. Senate seat in 2022, then indulged his presidential aspirations however discovered no traction.

“Now he couldn’t get elected dogcatcher,” Trump stated. “He’s endorsed someone that may’t win, has no probability of successful.”

A New Hampshire ballot carried out in November by CNN and the College of New Hampshire discovered that Haley was in second place, nicely behind Trump, however barely forward of fellow candidates DeSantis and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Trump has received New Hampshire’s GOP major twice however misplaced the state in each of his normal elections. He’s assured sufficient in his domination of the Republican Get together that he spent extra time Saturday angling in opposition to Biden.

“Beneath the Trump administration, you had been higher off, your loved ones was higher off, your neighbors had been higher off, your communities had been higher off, and our nation was higher off. America was stronger, richer, safer, and extra assured than ever once you had me behind that desk within the Oval Workplace,” Trump stated.

DeSantis, in the meantime, didn’t draw back from mentioning Trump throughout stops in Iowa Saturday, criticizing him for not ending the southern border wall and including trillions of {dollars} to the nationwide debt.

Trump’s argument in New Hampshire resonated with voters like Brandon Sevey, 25, who was attending his first Trump occasion from close by Dover. Sevey stated he has labored a wide range of retail and fast-food jobs and located it simpler to seek out work when Trump was president. Plus, he likes Trump’s brashness.

“He’s loud and obnoxious and annoys folks,” Sevey stated. “However that’s what I like about him.”

Barrow reported from Atlanta. Related Press author Hannah Fingerhut in Johnston, Iowa, contributed to this report.