In New Mexico Rally, Trump Vows to Flip State Won by Clinton in 2016

Tom Brenner/Reuters

President Donald Trump vowed at a rally in New Mexico on Monday to win the longtime Democratic stronghold state in the November 2020 U.S. election.

The last time New Mexico supported a Republican in a presidential race was 2004. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton beat Trump there by 8 percentage points in the 2016 election.

“We’re here because we really think we’re going to turn this state and make it a Republican state,” Trump told cheering supporters. “We will campaign for every vote, and we will win the great state of New Mexico in 2020.”

Trump’s campaign sees an opening in the state with Latinos, who it believes will swing his way despite tough immigration policies criticized by Democrats, including a crackdown on migrants from Central America and a push to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump told the rally in Rio Rancho that his support was rising among Hispanics.

“They don’t want criminals coming across the border. They don’t want people taking their jobs. They want to have that security and they want the wall,” he said.

Ahead of the trip, Trump tweeted: “Big crowd expected in New Mexico tonight, where we will WIN. Your Border Wall is getting stronger each and every day — see you in a few hours!”

New Mexico is rich in oil and natural gas, and Trump touted his support for the fossil fuel industry while assailing Democrats for their policies of promoting renewable energy production.

“Every major Democrat running for president – they want to abolish all production of oil and natural gas. In other words the Democrats want to completely annihilate New Mexico’s economy,” the Republican president said.

Trump won the White House in 2016 with electoral votes from traditional Republican-leaning states and some surprise Democratic-leaning ones.

The Trump campaign says it wants New Mexico’s five electoral votes to augment the 306 electoral votes the president received in his first election, not create a separate path for victory. A candidate must get 270 electoral votes nationally to win.

Democrats, who did well in New Mexico during the 2018 mid-term elections, are skeptical.

“Last cycle, Democrats crushed Republicans in New Mexico because voters are fed up with President Trump’s toxic healthcare agenda and broken promises,” said David Bergstein, a communications director for the Democratic National Committee focused on battleground states.

“We take nothing for granted, but this GOP strategy looks like they’re concerned about a realistic pathway to 270 electoral votes,” he added.

Trump won electoral-vote-rich swing states such as Ohio and Florida in 2016, while also picking up Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania from Democrats.

The campaign says it is eyeing more pickups in 2020, including Colorado, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Nevada.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Tom Brown and Jane Wardell)

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WellHungChad
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BTW, Genitally Confused, if you don’t like the temperature of the water here, find another pool! * You’re correct in your assertion that we’re gonna ignore the sources you cite because we’re busy folks with little tolerance for stupidity.

*We don’t need your splooge floating around in our pool either.

WellHungChad
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When you becum less confused over your genitals and more concerned over FACTS you’ll be taken seriously. Until then I’ll let you do the biting and I’ll just troll you because it entertains me….kind of like the Three Stooges or Jim Carrey.

Stop reading the mind rot that you do and join the thinking class!!!

General Confusion
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Yeah. Bite me, UnhungChad. It would not matter which source that I quote or link, it would never be good enough for any of you, so you get what I give you. In fact, the studies listed have been highlighted in other articles at other sites and it is their findings which is of more interest than who published it on their site. So, again, bite me. Their findings highlight a huge problem that a lot of you are not considering yet – what will YOU do when your king is not on his golden throne anymore? He won’t live… Read more »

WellHungChad
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Really General? Referencing Salon for opinions? Sad, very sad…desperate, in fact. Your Salon reference says nothing of significance other than to reinforce the notion that opinions are as unique as a-holes (which Salon has in abundance)

As your ilk complains incessantly that this country doesn’t do enough for its disadvantaged, you think we should bring MORE of them onto our roles?

General Confusion
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“Who do you like more, the country or Hispanics?” King Donald The Loser

That’s because KDTH is confused by stereotypes and his fear of “others”.

General Confusion
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Yeah, Salon, Confused James.

Do they confuse you? Boo-hoo. Deal with it.

General Confusion
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Thousands of addicts shooting up on King Donald The Loser’s drug of confusion. They some convince themselves that their addiction is good and healthy. Even Cesar Sayoc admits to having been one of those addicts. “Donald Trump delivers human cocaine for his followers. He is is both a cult leader and a political drug dealer. Inevitably, Trump’s voters will come crashing down from their political cocaine high. Unfortunately, they will not suffer alone in well-deserved and hard-earned misery. Instead, we can expect them will lash out against the rest of the American people and the world in a fit of… Read more »

James
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Having lived and worked in New Mexico for quite a few years, I seriously doubt the State will change it’s political atmosphere and turn to supporting a Republican President or Senator. The legal and (many) ILLEGAL residents of New Mexico are hard core Leftists and vote for only Leftist candidates. Even female Governor Grisham is a die-hard Leftist who withdrew her National Guard troops from the NM border with Mexico because there “is no crisis” all while the ranchers and residents in Hidalgo County were screaming for help to stop the invasion of Illegal Aliens who were breaking into their… Read more »

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