MANCHESTER, N.H. – Donald Trump is returning to where it all started.
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.
The Southern New Hampshire University Arena in downtown Manchester, NH fills up with Donald Trump supporters ahead of the president’s rally, on Thursday August 15, 2019
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 –