Jan 28, 2015 7:27 PM

NHGOP to host 2016 presidential candidate summit

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD - Mark off April 17-18 on your calendar!

That's when the New Hampshire Republican Party will be hosting some of the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates at a "First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit."

The gathering, which the state party announced Wednesday, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua.

The NHGOP tells NH1 that invitations to the potential GOP White House contenders have already been sent out and that some 600 Republican activists are expected at the event, which was first reported by Chip Griffin of the Primary Digest.

Some of those invited are in the process of accepting, according to the state party. One potential candidate who will attend is George Pataki. An adviser close to the former three-term governor of New York confirmed to NH1 that Pataki will attend. Pataki returns to New Hampshire next week, his second trip to the first-in-the-nation primary state so far this year.

Tickets to the gathering, which also serves as a fundraiser for the state party, range from $99 to $199, according to a new website launched by the state party for the summit.

News of the summit comes just days after Rep. Steve King of Iowa hosted the "Iowa Freedom Summit" in Des Moines, which was the first major cattle call as the 2016 cycle gets underway. The gathering in the state that holds the first contest in the presidential primary and caucus calendar attracted a bunch of the biggest names of those who are considering bids for the GOP nomination.


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