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Jan 28, 2016 10:56 AM

Steinhauser - First on NH1 News: As Iowa votes, Christie and Bush will return to New Hampshire

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Ohio Gov. John Kasich won’t have New Hampshire to himself on Iowa caucus night.

NH1 News was first to report Thursday morning that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a rival for the Republican presidential nomination, will hold events in Hopkinton and Nashua on Monday night.

And Thursday evening NH1 News reported that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another GOP White House hopeful, will also spend caucus night in the Granite State.

Christie campaigns in the Hawkeye State through the weekend and holds an early morning event Monday at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa. But as Iowans get ready to caucus on Monday evening, Christie will be back in the first-in-the-nation primary state. He holds a town hall at 4:30pm at the town hall building in Hopkinton, followed by a what’s being billed as a “special” town hall at 8:30pm at the automotive building at Nashua Community College.

It's the same story for Bush. He starts Monday in Iowa and holds a noon time event in Des Moines. But he then flies to New Hampshire in time to hold a 6:30pm town hall at the Alpine Club in Manchester.

Kasich is spending all of Monday in the Granite State, as NH1 News was first to report earlier this week. The Ohio governor holds town halls in Rochester at 10am, Portsmouth at 12:30pm, and Loudon at 6pm.

Kasich’s in Iowa for Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, but returns New Hampshire on Friday night and hits the campaign trail starting Saturday morning, going straight through the Feb. 9 primary.

Asked Monday by NH1 News if he’s writing off Iowa, where he’s low in the polls, Kasich said “there’s only so many resources to go around for us and we’re very comfortable here. I mean it’s one-point-three million and everybody is pretty centrally located and Iowa’s a different challenge and a different environment so we don’t disrespect the people there but this has been a lot of emphasis of ours and as we build out across the country.”

Watch: Kasich, Christie, talk 1-on-1 with NH1 News

Kasich’s currently in second place in an average of the most recent polls of likely New Hampshire GOP primary voters. Kasich wouldn’t answer whether he needed to finish second or third in the February 9 primary (Donald Trump remains the clear front runner in polling in New Hampshire), but he say “we’ll decide that on the 10th. We’ll see where we are and make an assessment as to whether we should move on and I expect that we will. I think with our ground game, with all the work we’ve done here, I feel really good about things.”

Speaking with NH1 News Monday morning, Christie said “I want to be the best governor in New Hampshire. That’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to accomplish. I want to be the first governor to finish here and that’s what we intend to do and that’s what we’re going to do on February 9.”

Asked if he needs at least a third or fourth place finish in the first-in-the-nation primary to keep marching on towards the White House, Christie responded “I don’t know what place. I don’t think that matters as much. There’s so many people that I think the number is less much important now than where you finish relative to the people who you are compared to. I want to be the number one governor and that’s what I intend to be.”


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