Former Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly set to speak in New Hampshire in December, and will headline a fundraiser for New Hampshire Senate Republicans on December 8 in Manchester. The state typically holds the first primary election during the presidential race.
Pence previously spoke at a Hillsborough County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner in June, during which his speech was interrupted by several standing ovations. His speculated December trip back to the state would be his second to New Hampshire this year.
Many have speculated that Pence is gearing up to launch a 2024 bid for the White House following stops in Iowa, South Carolina, and Nevada, all of which are early voting states. He has also helped campaign for Republican candidates in the 2022 midterm elections. While speaking in Nevada earlier this month, Pence told the crowd that Republicans are “going to win back this country in 2024.”
Republicans took control of the New Hampshire state legislature as Republican Gov. Chris Sununu was re-elected in 2020 by a large margin. Some in the state were hoping that Sununu, the son of former White House chief of staff John Sununu, would challenge Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in 2022, but earlier this month, the governor announced he would be seeking another term in office.
Former President Donald Trump has been holding campaign-style rallies throughout the country this year, including in Iowa, but he has not yet announced whether he will seek the 2024 Republican nomination for president.
According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 78 percent of Republicans are hoping to see Trump in the race for the White House again. Many are expecting former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for the office as well.
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