Trump skips campaigning on Labor Day, citing large polling lead

By Jen Krausz on
 September 5, 2023

Former President Donald Trump chose not to campaign on Labor Day, taking advantage of his frontrunner status in the GOP presidential primary to stay out of the fray.

Trump polled at 59% in the latest Wall Street Journal poll, more than 45 points ahead of his nearest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who had 13%.

DeSantis is slightly ahead of other candidates but has lost a significant chunk of support since announcing his candidacy in May.

Trump is not as far ahead in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire but still has a healthy double-digit lead.

"We’ve always firmly believed that President Trump would be the clear and away front-runner in this race, and once he started to campaign and travel around the country and engage with voters that it would be clear that he’s in the driver’s seat," a top Trump campaign official told Fox News anonymously.

Trump is likely to campaign more this month than he has the last few as the primary voting nears.