Turn it red, baby, turn it red!
That’s what President Trump is hoping to do in New Mexico, a Democrat stronghold that he thinks he can win in 2020.
As evidence, he’s holding a massive rally there tonight.
If you missed it, I’ve got the full speech for you:
Trump believes he can win the state in 2020.
From Fox News:
Trump’s crushing victory over his GOP rivals in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary in February of 2016 launched him toward winning the Republican presidential nomination and eventually the White House.
On Thursday evening, the president returns to the crucial general election battleground state, as he holds his first campaign rally in New Hampshire since the eve of the 2016 election.
“We’re going to have a tremendous time,” Trump said in an interview on one of the state’s top news-talk radio programs hours before arriving in the state. “You remember in the primaries when I won New Hampshire, that was really something special.”
But his rally is much more than just a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
With concerns that Trump may not be able to keep crucial Rust Belt states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania red, the president and his campaign are aiming to try and flip several swing states – New Hampshire, Minnesota, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico – that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 election.
Trump narrowly lost New Hampshire to Clinton in the last presidential election by less than 3,000 votes. And this time around, he’s looking to take the state.
The Trump campaign is expecting a sold-out event at the arena in downtown Manchester where the rally will be held, but there will also be counter-demonstrations. The state Democratic Party and progressive groups are planning a protest across the street from the Trump event.
Some of the New Hampshire campaigns of the Democratic presidential candidates are also countering the president. Among them are staff, volunteers and supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden, who will hold a “response rally” called “Stand Up to Hate” at a restaurant a few blocks from the arena.
And the Boston Herald:
In the scene of one of his toughest election defeats, President Trump is looking for a little payback. And don’t be shocked if he gets it.
Buoyed by a strong economy and stalwart Republican support, Trump looks poised for a runaway primary victory in New Hampshire and is enjoying his highest ratings yet in this key battleground state.
Trump’s campaign has made the Granite State’s four electoral votes a top priority and at times seems obsessed with getting even for his narrow election loss to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
While Trump easily won the first in the nation primary in 2016, he fell by less than a percentage point in the general election — a defeat that still gnaws at the president who knows the importance of New Hampshire as one of the most prized political trophies in the nation.
Vice President Mike Pence mysteriously canceled his planned trip to New Hampshire two weeks ago but is also slated to return soon. And don’t be shocked if Trump himself shows up more than once.
The latest University of New Hampshire poll put Trump’s approval rating among Republicans at nearly 90 percent and among all voters at 45 percent, indicating that Trump’s latest controversy — his inflammatory tweet storm aimed at four freshman Democratic congresswomen — has had no negative effects on his re-election prospects.
Trump has little to fear from the primary challenge mounted by former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld. His lead over Weld in the poll is nearly 80 percentage points, an astounding show of support among Republican primary voters. And nearly one in three Republicans view Trump as one of the best presidents ever, according to the UNH poll.
In fact, it’s the Democrats who should be fearful of Trump stealing back the state in 2020.
Despite the two dozen candidates traipsing around New Hampshire and bashing Trump, the president’s prospects look pretty good, especially with the economy roaring along and unemployment at record lows.
Trump’s emphasis on immigration should also pay off in the Granite State among Republican voters and even some independents.
New Hampshire is still one of the whitest states in the country, and polls have consistently shown that Trump performs best among white voters, especially white males.
Can the Democrats counteract that strong support and keep the state in their hands? Party activists believe that their get-out-the-vote operation, fueled by raging dislike of Trump, will prevail.
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