Trump holds New Hampshire rally as Corey Lewandowski mulls Senate run
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at SNHU Enviornment in Manchester, NH, on Nov. 7, 2016, the night time earlier than election day.
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President Donald Trump heads to New Hampshire on Thursday to achieve a toehold in a state he barely misplaced in 2016 — and an previous good friend plans to come back alongside.
At a Thursday night time rally, Trump will make his case for 2020 reelection to a state that has hardly develop into extra keen on him since he got here up brief in opposition to Hillary Clinton. The president’s marketing campaign has pinned its hopes for its second run on the Granite State’s robust financial system — even when Trump could spend extra of his time in Manchester discussing immigration and railing in opposition to his political rivals than touting low unemployment.
Requested Thursday on the “New Hampshire Immediately” radio present what his “message” for the rally might be, Trump talked up the occasion itself. He claimed an estimated 12,000 individuals would come, including that “we’ll have a variety of overflow.” The president known as New Hampshire residents “unbelievable individuals” and highlighted his main win there in 2016, which “was actually one thing particular.”
A former Trump ally may quickly hitch his political fortunes within the state to the president’s. Former Trump marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski is anticipated to fulfill with Trump in New Hampshire and attend the rally amid hypothesis that he may problem Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen subsequent 12 months.
New Hampshire carries solely four electoral votes within the presidential election, however the complete doesn’t seize its significance in 2020. The state’s presidential elections have been shut for years — an Al Gore victory there in 2000 would have put him within the White Home as an alternative of President George W. Bush, with or with out the contested state of Florida. Trump involves the state as Democratic presidential main contenders flock there to construct assist for its February main, the second nominating contest within the nation.
“Actually because the 1990s it has been a state that is been thought-about a battleground state largely as a result of it has been divided,” stated Andy Smith, director of the College of New Hampshire Survey Middle and a political science professor on the college.
Shaheen, a second-term senator, can be amongst solely a handful of Democrats working for reelection in states the place Trump was aggressive in 2016. Republicans and Democrats covet the seat as they struggle for management of the Senate – and the potential to manage or test a president’s legislative agenda.
The Trump marketing campaign has began a push to compete in New Hampshire after the president misplaced the state by solely 0.three share level in 2016. On Wednesday, the marketing campaign and the Republican Occasion introduced their 2020 management staff for the state, which incorporates three marketing campaign co-chairs.
Will the financial system save Trump?
New Hampshire had the fourth-lowest unemployment charge within the nation – a mere 2.5% — in June, in line with the Labor Division. Nonetheless, the financial system might not be sufficient to assist Trump win the state.
Solely 42% of New Hampshire adults approve of the job the president is doing, versus 53% who disapprove, in line with a UNH ballot launched this week. About half, or 49%, of adults within the state stated they approve of how Trump is dealing with the financial system, whereas 44% stated they disapproved.
Opinions on the financial system mirror a deep partisan divide: 90% of Republicans approve of how he has dealt with the financial system, versus 53% of independents and 9% of Democrats. Trump will probably tout the financial system extra to end up Republican voters in New Hampshire than to sway independents or Democrats, Smith stated.
The Democrats attempting to tackle Trump subsequent 12 months have argued his insurance policies haven’t lifted the working class regardless of a strong total financial system. In a joint assertion Wednesday, the New Hampshire management of 21 Democratic presidential campaigns stated, “Trump’s presidency has been outlined by damaged guarantees, hateful rhetoric, and selecting to aspect with lobbyists and the highest 1% on the expense of everybody else.”
Trump has needed to defend the state of the U.S. financial system in current days as rising fears a few recession have precipitated rocky inventory market buying and selling.
New Hampshire voters take into account health-related points much more necessary than the financial system, in line with surveys. A UNH ballot this week discovered that 38% of adults take into account the drug disaster a very powerful problem dealing with the state, adopted by well being care at 8%.
New Hampshire had the fourth-highest opioid overdose demise charge within the nation in 2017. Trump as soon as known as the state a “drug-infested den,” in line with The Washington Publish.
Lewandowski considers a key Senate race
The Democratic main and the social gathering’s problem to Trump will draw many of the nationwide consideration subsequent 12 months. Even so, Shaheen might have to carry her seat if Democrats hope to win Senate management. Republicans presently have a 53-47 edge within the chamber.
Former New Hampshire Home Speaker William O’Brien and retired Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, amongst others, have already entered the state’s GOP Senate main. If Lewandowski jumps into the race, he seems to have a great probability of incomes Trump’s endorsement, which fits a good distance in GOP primaries.
Corey Lewandowski, former marketing campaign supervisor for Donald Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign, talking on the Turning Level Excessive College Management Summit in Washington, DC.
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“I feel Corey is a incredible man, and I do not assume he is made that call but. I’ll say this, if he ran — he could be an incredible senator — if he ran and received he could be an incredible senator,” Trump instructed the New Hampshire radio present Thursday.
Lewandowski, 45, was fired from his position as Trump marketing campaign supervisor in June 2016, months earlier than the final election. The transfer got here amid questions on his capacity to handle the nationwide operation.
Lewandowski has labored as an advisor at lobbying agency Turnberry Options, although not whereas formally registered as a lobbyist, in line with Politico. Since Trump took workplace in 2017, he has appeared to leverage his connection to the president.
If he enters the race and wins the Republican main, Lewandowski would face a troublesome activity in unseating Shaheen. In 2014, a robust election 12 months for Republicans, she defeated former Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown by about three share factors.
A UNH survey this week discovered 51% of grownup approve of the job Shaheen is doing, whereas 30% disapprove. Nonetheless, respondents to the identical ballot have been cut up on whether or not she must be reelected — 43% stated she ought to get one other time period and one other 43% stated the state ought to elect another person.
Senate elections usually mirror the presidential end result. Lewandowski would have bother beating Shaheen if his former boss fails to win New Hampshire once more.
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