Potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal in Manchester for GOP fundraiser
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP fiel photo/Steve Ueckert)
The calendar may say 2013, but in New Hampshire it’s starting to feel like 2016.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is headlining a fundraiser this evening at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester for the Republican Senate Majority Committee, the campaign committee for the 13-member GOP caucus in the state Senate. Tickets for the reception range from $100 to $1,000.
Jindal is one of several Republicans who’s frequently mentioned as potential presidential candidates for 2016, at the end of President Obama’s second term. And he’s not the only one who’s found a reason to visit the state with the first presidential primary: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will headline a fundraiser for the state Republican Party on May 20.
Another potential GOP candidate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, made a point this week of coming to New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s defense over her vote last month against expanded background checks. His “Reclaim America PAC” put up a petition defending her “for supporting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
More than two and a half years before the primary, the field is wide open on the Republican side. A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll last month showed Paul and Rubio tied with 15 percent each, and Jindal trailing with 2 percent. (The survey of 171 likely Republican primary voters was taken April 4-9 and had a 7.5 percent margin of error.)
There hasn’t been much activity on the Democratic side yet. Several surveys including the UNH poll have indicated former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would start with a commanding lead in the Granite State if she decides to run for president again.
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