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Former President Donald Trump is returning to New Hampshire, which holds the first Republican primary in 2024.

Trump on April 27 “will deliver remarks in Manchester, New Hampshire,” per his campaign. The 4 p.m. event, at the Armory at the DoubleTree Manchester Downtown, is likely a smaller gathering, less than the full-blown rallies he’s known for.

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Trump has held only a single campaign event since declaring his candidacy last November, in Waco, Texas, on March 25. He has made a few smaller trips, like a Jan. 29 one-day jaunt through New Hampshire and then to South Carolina before flying home to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump has made selected public appearances as he tries to become the first president to return to the White House after being out of office since President Grover Cleveland in 1893. Trump on April 15 spoke at a Republican donors’ event in Nashville, Tennessee. He then headed to Indianapolis for a National Rifle Association convention, joining declared and potential GOP primary rivals in talking up their support for gun rights.

Trump’s campaign travels are interspersed with his legal appearances. On April 4, he appeared in a Manhattan courtroom to plead not guilty to 34 New York state felony counts of business fraud based on charges centering on a hush money deal with a porn star. On April 13, Trump was questioned under oath in a civil fraud lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James. And a civil rape and defamation trial against Trump, based on a lawsuit by writer E. Jean Carroll, opens in New York City on April 25.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley on April 25 is set to deliver what her campaign calls “a major policy speech.” The event’s location, in Arlington, Virginia, makes it more likely that national reporters will cover the talk by Haley, South Carolina governor from 2011-17 and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the nearly two first full years of the Trump administration.

Haley is then set to return to New Hampshire for the third time since launching her White House bid earlier this year. She’s set to host town halls in Bedford and Henniker, a pair of communities near the state capital of Concord. Haley will host another town hall in Laconia, near Lake Winnipesaukee, north of Concord.

The town halls will run over three consecutive days, April 26-28. The events give Haley a chance to introduce herself to New Hampshire primary voters.

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Other New Hampshire visitors from the 2024 potential GOP primary crowd include Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). He’s sparred at times with Gov. Chris Sununu (R-NH), who is considering a 2024 presidential run. New Hampshire campaign regulars among the declared 2024 Republican crowd include “anti-woke” biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Trump in 2016, as a first-time candidate, easily won the New Hampshire primary. Then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished a distant second behind Trump, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). But Trump lost New Hampshire in the 2016 and 2020 general elections to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and then to President Joe Biden.

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