MANCHESTER, N.H. – President Trump has a message for New Hampshire Republicans ahead of his visit Thursday: “Corey’s an outstanding guy. If he ran and won, he would be a great senator.”
The Corey the president is referring to is Corey Lewandowski, who managed Trump’s presidential campaign from its start in 2015 through the 2016 primaries and who remains a close outside adviser to the president. The New Hampshire resident and Washington, D.C., consultant and lobbyist generated buzz a couple of weeks ago when he said he was seriously considering a 2020 run for the U.S Senate in his home state.
“I would fully expect that the president would say he has no greater ally than Corey Lewandowski, because that is true, and that he would look forward to having Corey run for the Senate,” said David Bossie, the longtime president and chairman of the conservative advocacy group Citizens United and a Fox News contributor.
Bossie, a close outsider adviser to the president who served as deputy campaign manager of Trump’s 2016 White House bid, is also close with Lewandowski.
“Obviously an endorsement by the president, if he (Lewandowski) was to get in the race, would make him, in my opinion, unbeatable in the primary,” he told Fox News.
Bossie released a poll on Tuesday indicating that Lewandowski would become the front-runner in the race – over the three other declared or likely Republican candidates – if he were to run – and that the president’s support would only enhance his front-runner status. Trump – whose approval rating is underwater in the state – remains very popular with most Granite State Republicans. His approval rating stood at 82 percent among Republicans in a University of New Hampshire poll released this week.
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