The Deep State attacks have not hurt Donald Trump.
Republican strategists and political experts told the Washington Examiner that skipping the debate and his mugshot won’t hurt his lead.
Sarah Chamberlain, president and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership said, “So nothing has changed after the debate.”
The former president has led all other GOP rivals in the primary race. Yet neither the unprecedented mugshot of Trump nor his decision to skip the debate will blunt his lead, Republican strategists and political experts told the Washington Examiner.
“I don’t think it’s changed anything as much as it’s kind of just reinforced kind of the inevitable, that Trump is the nominee in this race,” said Woodrow Johnston, senior vice president of McShane LLC, who is not affiliated with any campaign, about Wednesday night’s debate. “The Tucker interview showing a lot more views than the debate is almost just as further evidence of that.”
Heading into debate night, the Trump campaign claimed victory despite the former president not appearing onstage. “We did a poll last week that shows that Donald Trump is still up double digits,” said Sarah Chamberlain, president and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership.
The poll conducted by RMSP and Echelon Insights before the debate showed Trump receiving 34% of Republican primary voter support in New Hampshire and 33% support in Iowa, the two crucial early nominating states in the GOP primary schedule. “Vivek (Ramaswamy) is closing in, but Vivek is not even at 20 and Trump’s in the 30s,” Chamberlain continued. “So nothing has changed after the debate. I think Nikki Haley showed that she had a little bit of oompf in her, and I think (Gov. Ron) DeSantis showed that he is not the best debater in the world.”