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‘Changing the Rules’: Donald Trump Has a Sneaky Way to Capture the GOP Nomination

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona. By Gage Skidmore.

In a strategic move, former President Donald Trump’s campaign has been meticulously reshaping obscure Republican Party rules across several states, including California, aiming to accelerate the nomination process and secure a clear path to the GOP presidential candidacy.

Changing Delegate Rules: A Decisive Factor

The focus of Trump’s campaign has been on altering delegate allocation rules, a pivotal aspect of the nomination process. By strategically modifying these rules, they aim to ensure Trump benefits from delegate distribution following each state caucus or primary.

Though opinion polls position Trump as the clear frontrunner for the 2024 GOP nomination, these rule changes are poised to profoundly impact the electoral landscape. In California, a UC Berkeley survey shows Trump leading with 55% of likely Republican voters, potentially securing a substantial share of the state’s 169 delegates.

Balancing Grassroots Efforts

While some slam Trump’s campaign for altering rules to potentially limit grassroots campaigning, supporters argue this strategy is essential to navigate a highly competitive race. Key rival Ron DeSantis’ backers emphasize their campaign’s primary focus on engaging voters rather than modifying state party protocols.

However, the success of Trump’s rule changes remains a contentious topic, with some concerned about the potential reduction in voter interaction with candidates. As the 2024 elections approach, the impact of these strategic rule adjustments is a subject of ongoing debate, promising to shape the Republican nomination race in a unique and significant manner.

DeSantis Drops to Fifth Place in New Hampshire Poll

DeSantis has fallen to fifth place in a recent New Hampshire poll, indicating a setback in his presidential campaign aspirations. The poll not only places him behind the runaway leader, former President Donald Trump, but also behind contenders Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, and Chris Christie.

The shift in DeSantis’s ranking raises questions about his standing in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Despite being considered a strong contender in the early stages of the campaign, this latest development suggests a challenging road ahead for the Florida governor.

DeSantis now faces an uphill battle to regain his footing in the highly competitive race, with Trump maintaining a healthy lead in the critical second state to vote in the 2024 primaries.

Masterful Campaign Strategy

This campaign initiative, initiated prior to Trump’s 2020 reelection bid and continuing today, has involved tweaking rules in numerous states, with recent adjustments in California, Nevada, and Michigan strongly favoring the former president. Experts highlight that Trump’s campaign stood out due to its proactive engagement with state GOP leaders, a crucial element that distinguished them from other contenders.

GOP veteran attorney Ben Ginsberg, renowned for representing presidential campaigns, emphasized the strategic advantage of this effort. “Only the Trump campaign did the really hard grunt work of talking to state parties to try and get them to meld their rules to Donald Trump’s favor,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.

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Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.