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John DiStaso's Granite Status: Potential '16 presidential hopeful Marco Rubio to return to NH
A senior Republican strategist tells us Rubio has confirmed a May 9 appearance at the Rockingham County Republican Committee's annual "Freedom Founders" Dinner, to be held at the Wentworth-By-The-Sea hotel in New Castle.
Rubio last appeared in the state in October 2012, campaigning for then-candidate for governor Ovide Lamontagne.
Rubio's visit will come less than a month after several other potential 2016 Republican candidates for President are slated to be in the state for a major event hosted by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United. The "Freedom Summit" on April 12 will attract former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, as well as Donald Trump and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.
The appearances by Rubio and the others makes it clear the early stages of the first-in-the-nation primary campaign are underway.
Also Tuesday, the New Hampshire Democratic Party has announced that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will be the guest speaker at its Shaheen-McIntyre "100 Club" fundraiser on April 19 at the Executive Court in Manchester.
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