Trump campaign unveils plan to wrap up victorious GOP primary campaign by mid-March

 December 20, 2023

If everything goes according to plan, former President Donald Trump expects to win a dominating victory in the Iowa caucus and have the Republican 2024 nomination all but officially wrapped up by mid-March, NBC News reported.

That goal aims to reduce the need for Trump to be on the campaign trail around the time that his several criminal trials are tentatively set to begin next year.

Such an achievement would represent a two-fold victory -- first, over his GOP primary competitors, and second, over Special Counsel Jack Smith's apparent goal of interfering in the election process by distracting Trump with criminal trials that sap his time and resources.

Plan hopes to minimize conflict between criminal trials and primary elections

According to NBC News, an unnamed senior campaign official for former President Trump laid out on Monday the strategy that would see Trump essentially secure the Republican nomination no later than March 19, which has become known as Super Tuesday II because a substantial cluster of states hold primary elections on that date.

If the plan works as well as or better than expected, the campaign sees a possibility that Trump could have the nomination all but wrapped up by March 5, the original Super Tuesday. However, such an early overall victory would largely be contingent upon Trump winning all or most of the four early-voting states in January and February including Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

That second accelerated timeline would have Trump unofficially securing the GOP nomination right around the time that his federal 2020 election-related trial is scheduled to get underway on March 4 while the first timeline would have him declaring victory about two weeks after that trial is set to begin.

Trump campaign senior adviser Susie Wiles told reporters over the weekend that the conflicting dates for criminal trials and primary elections have created a "scheduling nightmare" that Trump's team is working hard to avoid, if possible.

"I believe the goal is to take him off the trail at a very critical time," Wiles said of Special Counsel Smith and other anti-Trump prosecutors on Saturday at an event in New Hampshire. "And it’s our job to make that not as critical a time by doing our jobs ahead of time and then immediately after. I think he will and we will."

Other candidates not giving up yet

NBC News reported that part of the Trump campaign's strategy includes ramping up its ad campaigns in the early-voting states, including ads that promote the former president as well as attack ads aimed at his nearest rival competitors in specific states, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in Iowa and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in New Hampshire.

Of course, those other candidates aren't just laying down and ceding victory to Trump in those early-voting states, and they seized upon the announcement of the ad buys to mock the frontrunner by suggesting the races are actually closer than what the polls say.

Indeed, based upon the polls and the confident assertions of the Trump campaign, the nomination is already in the bag for the former president and the eventual voting is little more than a formality.

Polls still show Trump with significant leads over competitors

For example, the RealClearPolitics average of polls for Iowa shows Trump with 51.2% support, more than 32 points ahead of DeSantis with 18.7% and Haley with 16.2%.

The situation is only slightly more competitive in New Hampshire, where the average polls place Trump in the lead with 44.3% support, which is about 23 points ahead of Haley with 21.3% and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 12.3%.

Nationwide, the RCP average of polls suggests Trump has the support of around 63% of Republican primary voters, which is more than 51 points ahead of a statistical tie between DeSantis and Haley in a distant second-place with 11.8% and 11.6%, respectively.

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