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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at an event in Exeter, NH on Thurday June 25

Aug 4, 2015 11:28 AM

Steinhauser: First on NH1 News - Rubio back to NH on Aug. 26

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD – Marco Rubio will return to the Granite State on August 26, NH1 News has learned.

A top political aide to the senator from Florida and Republican presidential candidate tells NH1 News that Rubio will campaign in the western part of New Hampshire, in the state’s 2nd congressional district.

Rubio was last in the first-in-the-nation primary state on July 4, marching in the Wolfeboro Independence Day parade. Along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a rival for the GOP presidential nomination, Rubio spent the night of July 3 at the Lake Winnipesaukee vacation home of 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Rubio did not attend Monday night’s Voters First forum in New Hampshire in person. Along with fellow senators and presidential candidates Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rubio took part in the forum via satellite. The three senators stayed in the nation’s capital to vote on a Senate bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. The measure fell short of the votes needed to advance through the Senate.

While Rubio wasn’t at the New Hampshire forum in person, he did win the support Monday evening of two key players in Nashua: businesses and community leaders Kevin Halloran and Frank Teas.

In a statement, both men said they “are proud to endorse him… to help lead his efforts in Nashua – our state’s second largest city.”

Rubio stood at 3% among likely Republican primary voters in the latest 2016 public opinion survey, in ninth place out of 17 declared GOP White House candidates.

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