Nov 3, 2014 9:56 AM
Paul Steinhauser: Rick Perry NH bound right after midterm elections
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD - Rick Perry is coming back to New Hampshire next week.
The longtime Texas governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender will spend Sunday and Monday in the Granite State.
This will be Perry's second trip to New Hampshire this year. He was originally scheduled to visit in early October, but that trip was cancelled due to the Ebola crisis in Texas.
While a bunch of possible GOP White House hopefuls have passed through the past couple of months to help out Granite State Republicans running in Tuesday's midterm elections, it appears Perry will be the first to come to the first-in-the-nation primary state post midterms.
"Governor Perry is excited to come back to the Granite State and celebrate what he expects to be some great Republican victories tomorrow. And he is planning on encouraging local Republican activists and leaders to keep their energy levels high and stay engaged because we have significant public policy debates ahead," said Mike Dennehy, a top GOP strategist in New Hampshire who's also an advisor to Perry's Americans for Economic Freedom PAC.
According to Dennehy, Perry will attend a reception with the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women, the Sullivan County GOP, and the Dartmouth College Republicans on Sunday. On Monday the Texas governor will attend the US Marine Corps 239th Birthday Luncheon, a Keene State College Republican roundtable, and a reception with the Cheshire County GOP.
Perry was a late entry into the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. While he initially soared in the polls, his campaign faltered, due in part to some high profile gaffes, and he ended his White House bid in January 2012.