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Time’s up for Christie allies urging Democrats to switch parties to vote against Trump in primary

Supporters of Chris Christie’s 2024 Republican presidential campaign who are courting New Hampshire Democrats to cast a ballot in support of the former New Jersey governor and against former President Donald Trump in the state’s upcoming lead-off primary are out of time.

Two political groups backing Christie’s second White House run have been sending mailers to registered Democrats in the state that holds the first primary and second overall contest in the GOP presidential nominating calendar. And they’ve been running targeted digital ads.

They’re wooing Democrats by highlighting that Christie is the only Republican presidential candidate “willing to take Trump on” and urging them to “make sure” the former president “never sees the inside of the Oval Office again.”

But the deadline for New Hampshire voters to change their registration ahead of next year’s presidential primary is Friday.

“Of course Chris Christie is begging Democrats to support him. Chris Christie is a stone cold loser who spends every day on the cable news casting couch auditioning for a contributor contract whenever his joke of a campaign ends up in flames,” Cheung charged in a statement.

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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on Tuesday Aug. 8, 2023, at Windham High School in Windham, New Hampshire (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (AP)

Will the gambit by Christie’s allies work?

With a likely uncompetitive Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, there’s the belief that the state’s large pool of independent, or undeclared, voters – as well as some Democrats – will cast ballots in the GOP contest. 

“What we’ve seen in the polling is that Trump’s support has remained solid among Republican primary voters. So if you can’t have Trump’s number decline, you have to find new voters. And those new voters could be undeclared or independents, but they could also be Democrats who decide to switch to undeclared and potentially take a ballot in the Republican presidential primary,” New Hampshire Institute of Politics executive director Neil Levesque told Fox News.

But he noted that “it’s a difficult thing to convince somebody to change their registration, which entails physically going to their town hall to make that change, in an effort to vote against a candidate.”

“Who knows — it could make a difference in a tight election. But in the past we haven’t seen that it’s really been a factor,” Levesque said.

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Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 


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