"I turned to a friend of mine and said pinch me, this is like an Ambien dream I'm having"

Whatever the case may be, Trump’s spat with the paper hasn’t hurt him. Polls show Trump getting approximately one third of the vote in New Hampshire, far ahead of the next nearest candidate.

For Karl Zahn, a longtime watcher of New Hampshire politics who backs Trump, the whole thing – a Republican candidate taking the fight to the Union Leader and possibly winning, seems almost surreal.

“You know we were at the thing in Nashua a couple of weeks ago, and he spent twenty minutes just excoriating Joe McQuaid and I turned to a friend of mine and said pinch me, this is like an Ambien dream I’m having. This is crazy,” said Zahn.

The Union Leader is just one of Trump’s high profile targets in New Hampshire.