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Donald Trump and his advisers believe they have settled on a strategy that could turn their candidate into the president.
According to a story in USA Today, Trump believes he can win by first solidifying his lead for the Republican coronation next year across multiple national polls.
He then hopes he can muster energy for wins in early state contests such as Iowa and New Hampshire to prolong his candidacy and give it momentum in other states.
Trump will visit Alabama on Friday and speak in a football stadium. The visit is a sign Trump is already looking ahead to a series of contests in the South that could prove important to winning the GOP nomination.
Team Trump is also looking ahead to the general election.
While some have wondered whether the billionaire businessman is already seeing his support hit a ceiling, Trump hopes he can inspire new and frustrated voters to back him in the general election, USA Today reported.
“I think he will win in Iowa, he will win in New Hampshire and he will win in South Carolina,” said Stephen B. Stepanek, a Trump state co-chairman and volunteer from Milford, N.H. “And that momentum is going to carry him.”
USA Today said Trump’s campaign is gambling on just that by placing full-time staff members in early-voting battlegrounds.
Trump’s team has eight staffers in Iowa, eight in New Hampshire and seven in South Carolina, the news publication said.
It added that the New York business mogul is additionally working on ensuring he appears on ballots in all 50 states and conducts multiple events nationwide.
Trump’s campaign is betting that his unorthodox style can win over the same disenchanted voters who launched the Tea Party earlier this decade.
He is thus attacking establishment Democrats and Republicans alike while increasingly emphasizing his conservative principles on the campaign trail.
Trump has made comparing his White House run with former President Ronald Reagan’s a key part of his recent message for voters.
The reality TV star has repeatedly argued that Reagan began as a West Coast liberal before switching allegiances and becoming a strong Republican leader.
Critics have argued that Trump’s bombastic rhetoric and vague policy positions may hurt his standing among potential voters.
Conservatives, meanwhile, have questioned his belief in their guiding principles on government and the economy.