As the dust settles on the tumultuous 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump has emerged as a polarizing figure within the Republican party. On Saturday, Trump will embark on a campaign tour through New Hampshire and South Carolina, marking the first steps of his bid for the White House since November.
The Significance of New Hampshire and South Carolina
Both states hold a significant weight in the nomination process, as they are among the first to hold their own contests. How a candidate performs in these states can make or break their campaign, making them key battlegrounds for any presidential hopeful.
Political observers from both the Republican and Democratic parties will be closely monitoring the events, analyzing the level of support that Trump receives from the local party members.
Growing Concerns About Trump's Electability
As Trump prepares to hit the campaign trail once again, concerns about his ability to beat the current Democratic President Joe Biden in the next election have begun to surface among Republican officials.
In New Hampshire, Republican Governor Chris Sununu has said he is considering a party bid, and a number of top Republicans in the state, including former Trump supporters, have publicly stated that they are looking for an alternative.
In South Carolina, where Trump will appear alongside Governor Henry McMaster and Senator Lindsey Graham, several notable absences have been reported. Among those not attending are the state party chairman, at least three Republican U.S.
representatives from the state and South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who himself has been touted as a potential Republican presidential candidate. "You know, there's a lot of remaining appetite for Trump, and I think a lot of people still believe that Trump is being treated unfairly," said Reese Boyd III, a Republican official from the Myrtle Beach area. "But you also see that softening from some groups." Despite the growing concerns, Trump still maintains a significant base of support among the party's base. In recent polls, he continues to win by a wide margin when pollsters are given a wider field of options.
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