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Mar 19, 2016 2:05 PM

State police feel pinch of presidential primary cost

The Associated Press

CONCORD - New Hampshire state police spent more than $265,000 on security details during the build-up to the state's presidential primary.

The Concord Monitor quotes Capt. Matt Shapiro as saying the price tag is probably unprecedented.

Shapiro said the costs were racked up assisting the U.S Secret Service at no charge. He said the true cost is more than that, because the state didn't start tracking it until September - well into the campaign season.

The state police don't budget for these services. Shapiro said it's considered mutual aid for any federal agency responsible for dignitary protection that asks for state police assistance.

The cost was also higher this primary, he said, because of the unusually high number of candidates - four - who were given Secret Service protection.

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