WASHINGTON – As Democrats make their final pitch to voters in New Hampshire Monday, President Donald Trump will take the stage at a campaign rally hours before polls open in the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary.
In an early Monday tweet Trump said he wanted to “shake up the Dems a little bit” ahead of the primary, which he referred to as a “really boring deal,” while also calling out the “big crowds” that are expected to greet him in Manchester. Trump’s rally is expected to begin at 7 p.m. EST.
The president’s supporters began lining up for the “Keep America Great” rally Sunday, according to the Union-Leader and video shared online, braving the cold and rainy weather to attend Trump’s first political rally since he was acquitted of impeachment last week in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The president will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence and several other campaign surrogates who are aiming to steal the spotlight from several Democrats vying to take on Trump in November. The campaign counter-programmed Democrats last week with a campaign rally the day before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses, where the party is still having difficulty declaring a winner follow the malfunction of a cell phone app used to report results.
Democrats spent the weekend barnstorming New Hampshire in their final push to court voters ahead of the primary, which begins at midnight Monday in the township of Dixville Notch. A new Qunnipac University poll Monday showed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., taking the lead with 25% over former Vice President Joe Biden, who trailed at 17%. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was close behind at 15%, after seeing a surge in support.
The Republican primary is also Tuesday and Trump is expected to handily win over challengers Bill Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, and Joe Walsh, a former U.S. House member from Illinois, who dropped his presidential bid last week.
– Courtney Subramanian