Scott Walker Heading to New Hampshire

Scott Walker Heading to New Hampshire
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As he continues to gear up for a likely Republican presidential bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is planning his first trip to New Hampshire of the 2016 campaign season.

On March 14, Walker will be the keynote speaker at an event that is being hosted by the New Hampshire Republican Party in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

"We have enacted bold, successful reforms in Wisconsin and we have a great story to tell," Walker said in a statement announcing his visit. "I look forward to sharing our common sense conservative message with grassroots activists, and I thank the New Hampshire GOP for this exciting opportunity."

According to multiple Republican sources, Walker’s tightknit political team has been conducting interviews recently for high-level positions in what is likely to become an official campaign organization in the coming months.

After becoming the first governor in American history to survive a recall election in 2012, Walker last month was re-elected to a second term after fending off a vigorous challenge from Democratic businesswoman Mary Burke.

Walker will have his work cut out for him in introducing himself to voters in New Hampshire, where he currently stands in eighth place in the RealClearPolitics average of polls at 5.0 percent.

"We are happy to have Governor Walker join us for a Grassroots Training and Rally in New Hampshire,” NH GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn said in a statement announcing his visit. “He has proven that he is not afraid to stand up to the liberal establishment and fight for conservative principles, no matter the consequence.” 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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