A week prior to the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump was in a Manhattan courtroom for jury selection in E. Jean Carroll’s second defamation trial against him. Trump complained about the timing as he had to be at the Federal Courthouse instead of New Hampshire. Meanwhile, people lined up outside a country club in Atkinson, New Hampshire for a Trump rally. Inside, the mood was upbeat as voters eagerly anticipated Trump’s arrival.
The race for the Republican nomination was shaping up to be a one-on-one between Trump and Nikki Haley. Polls showed Haley trailing Trump by double digits in New Hampshire, despite her efforts to gain momentum.
Trump’s imperviousness and the fervor of his supporters stood out, with people willing to wait for hours to see him and support him. Trump finally arrived and spoke for about an hour, touching on various topics, including attacks on his opponents.
Nikki Haley’s supporters appear to be motivated by her appeal to voters’ dread of a Trump-Biden rematch. She advocates for term limits and competency tests for older politicians, aiming to set herself apart from the negativity and grievances of the past. Nevertheless, she will need to appeal to unaffiliated voters in order to secure the New Hampshire primary.