Donald Trump’s political rally at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire, is sure to draw at least several hundred attendees – if not more than a thousand – and an international media following, writes NBC News.
It won’t quite be the small, intimate town hall, restaurant meet-and-greet, or local gun shop stop that Republican voters here are used to in the August before the primary.
“Trump is not really running a political campaign, a traditional campaign. He is running a PR campaign,” said Republican strategist Jamie Burnett, Mitt Romney’s former New Hampshire political director in 2007-2008.
“When he does pop into a state, he usually comes into a very controlled, spectacle event,” said Burnett.
New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary state, is famous for putting presidential candidates through a rigorous test. Candidates are repeatedly grilled with detailed policy questions from voters about issues at every stop they make. But Trump – who is leading the GOP field in New Hampshire polls – has focused much of his campaigning lately on national television and media appearances, and has not done as many of the small events that the state is known for as some other Republicans have.