Jul 14, 2016 10:14 AM

Possible 2020 contenders to meet NH delegation at next week's GOP convention

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – It’s apparently never too early for some politicians with their eyes on the 2020 presidential race to make friends with delegates from crucial early voting states.

Next week at least three potential contenders for the next GOP nomination battle (if Donald Trump doesn’t win November’s presidential election) will pow-wow New Hampshire’s delegation to the Republican National Convention.

NH1 News learned late Thursday that Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, two rising stars in the Republican Party, will stop by during the week, as the Granite State delegation holds their daily breakfasts. Also dropping by: Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor was an early top contender in this year’s nomination battle, but his campaign faded and he dropped his bid last September.

The NHGOP released their convention meetings schedule on Friday.

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A hometown hero, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, will also meet with the New Hampshire delegation. Kasich, once a long shot for the nomination, became one of the leading contenders and stayed in the race until late in the primary calendar.

And Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio may also visit with the delegation. The senator considered a White House bid before deciding in December of 2014 to run for re-election.

There’s a long tradition of future White House hopefuls using their party’s national convention as a place to make friends with leaders and activists in early voting states like New Hampshire. But it’s a bit tricky in years like this one, when the current nominee could possibly be running for re-election four years in the future.

Also meeting with the Granite State delegation is first-term U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana. The U.S. Navy veteran once served on the famed Seal Team Six. In 2014, Zinke become the first former Navy Seal elected to Congress.

And former New York City Mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will drop by to say hello to Granite State delegates as well.

READ: Next two days crucial in NH's fight to stay first in the GOP primary calendar

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