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The first visits of early, co-frontrunners Scott Walker and Jeb Bush highlight busy week in New Hampshire

Mar 9, 2015 3:43 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Blitz of potential White House hopefuls hits NH this week


CONCORD - It may be hard to avoid tripping over a potential White House hopeful in the first primary state this week.

As one departs the state today - South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham - another five make plans to come to the state, three of them for the first time since confirming they are considering a 2016 run.

The first are two former governors making return visits, Rick Perry of Texas and Jim Gilmore of Virginia.

Perry will spend two days here starting with a speech to the Politics and Eggs forum on Thursday and then two town hall style forums on Friday including one at the VFW Post in Lancaster.

Gilmore will speak at a meeting of the Strafford County Republican Committee on the Seacoast.

The long-awaited arrival of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is Friday, and he will be a guest of honor for a fundraiser on behalf of Congressman Frank Guinta in Manchester.

Later that night, Bush attends a house party in his honor, the guest of former Republican State Chairman Fergus Cullen of Dover.

An aide to Bush said the two-day visit will include private meetings with more than a few dozen Republican activists.

On Saturday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker makes his own first visit to the state since declaring interest and finding himself atop NH1 News Political Pulse Poll at this early stage.

The only announced events on Walker's schedule are a training event for the Republican State Committee and then a reception that former State Senator Jim Luther of Hollis is hosting.

On Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the darling of the nation's Tea Party wing, comes back to speak at two Strafford County events.


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