April 17, 2024

GOP Governor Suggests ‘Huge Opportunity’ For Trump’s Republican Rivals

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu highlighted a “huge opportunity” for Republican candidates Saturday as he gave his two cents on former President Donald Trump’s declining poll numbers in his state.

Sununu, during an appearance on Fox News, argued that the “reality” of Trump not winning the 2024 presidential election is “settling in” as he looked at a recent University of New Hampshire poll which showed that Trump has dropped five percentage points with likely GOP primary voters since April.

“When you have a sitting president that’s under 40%, that’s a great opportunity for everybody else,” said Sununu, who fueled a 2024 presidential bid but ultimately called it quits.

The governor and frequent Trump critic noted that the poll shows that “60-plus percent” of voters are not with the former president in the state, claiming that part of Trump’s performance in the poll is due to sympathy for “political attacks” against him.

Sununu has previously criticized Trump’s Republican rivals for not being more critical of Trump, citing the federal indictment linked to him on the campaign trail.

He told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that GOP candidates need to go after Trump as they set their sights on their party’s nomination.

“Either you’re willing to swing, you’re willing to give the punch and take the punch and show leadership, or you’re going to fade away,” Sununu said.

“I don’t understand his politics because you’re not going to get a Trump voter, right? They are with Trump. If Trump owns the coin, Trump owns the coin. He has yet to be in the race. So you have to find your own path… You have to go through it. You can’t get around it. They tried in ’16, they tried to avoid the controversy. Leadership builds head on.”

FILE – New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu speaking on stage at the TIME100 Summit 2023 in April. The frequent Trump critic will not seek re-election for a fifth term in 2024, sharing in an interview that the country’s “toxic political climate” was not a factor in his decision, The Associated Press reported.

Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME

The governor recently announced that he will not seek re-election in 2024 as his state prepares for its presidential primary next year, according to The Associated Press. He promised to be an “aggressive proposition for everyone else” besides Trump in the primaries, too.

“Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party. He may be our nominee, but he does not represent the future. It’s yesterday’s news,” he said.

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