Former Vice President Mike Pence will travel to New Hampshire on Thursday, where he will deliver a speech condemning Democratic plans to overhaul voting laws, kicking off the Republican primary.
He is the first of the likely 2024 runners to visit the early primary state since the election.
Pence will address the Hillsborough County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Awards dinner in Manchester, where $250 VIP tickets sold out.
He is one of the frontrunners in a field that includes former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, as everyone waits to see what Donald Trump decides.
It follows a performance in another early state, South Carolina, where Pence pledged to push back President Biden’s “liberal agenda.”
A source close to Pence said he planned to attack Democrats’ plans to overhaul voting laws.
Former Vice President Mike Pence will attack Democrats’ plans to revise voter laws when he addresses Republicans in New Hampshire on Thursday night
$250 VIP tickets are sold out to the Hillsborough County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Awards dinner at the DoubleTree hotel in Manchester
How the bookmakers see the race for the Republican nomination in 2024
No one has announced themselves yet, but bookmakers are already raising money on who will win the Republican nomination. All eyes are on Trump to see if he will run again:
9/2 Donald Trump – Aid workers say he will make a decision after the 2022 midterms
13/2 Nikki Haley – Gained admirers during her stint at the United Nations
13/2 Ron DeSantis – Florida Governor and Trump Loyalist
13/1 Mike Pence – Gets Support From Conservatives And Evangelicals
17/1 Ted Cruz – Texas Senator who lost to Trump in 2016
17/1 Ivanka Trump – First Daughter and Trump’s Favorite Child
17/1 Kristi Noem – Governor of South Dakota, elected as Trump’s ally in 2019
19/1 Tom Cotton – Arkansas senator sometimes seen as heir to Trump
19/1 Paul Ryan – Former Speaker of the House who clashed with Trump
21/1 Tucker Carlson – Fox News host and Trump fan favorite
21/1 Donald Trump Jr – Chip from the old bloc but friends say unlikely to run
Source – Betfair
It’s expected to be a different speech than the one he gave in South Carolina, and Pence plans to specifically address a select few issues such as HR 1, which the New Hampshire Secretary of State has been an outspoken opponent of. ‘, he said. the source.
Republicans see HR1, known as the For the People Act, as a power grab that could tip the election in Democrats’ favor over the next few years.
Supporters say it will remove hurdles to voting, offer same-day registration for federal elections, vote without apologies by mail, vote at least two weeks early and register voters automatically.
Pence condemned the measures in a March commentary for The Daily Signal, saying it would set aside state efforts to protect the election in favor of an attempt to “nationalize elections.”
HR 1 would turn a blind eye to very real issues at the state level, exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and further undermine the American people’s trust in the ‘one person, one vote’ principle,” he wrote.
While none of the likely runners have announced a bid for the White House, a shadow campaign has begun.
Pompeo is expected to make its second trip to the early caucus state of Iowa next month.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who is popular with Trump supporters, is also expected there in July.
And Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the keynote speech at the Iowa Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Dinner.
Since leaving office in January, Pence has joined the Heritage Foundation and Young America’s Foundation. He has all founded a political platform called Advancing American Freedom, which includes key players from the Trump administration and the conservative movement.
Chris Ager, Hillsborough County GOP chairman, said he was delighted to host Pence in New Hampshire.
“We have a VIP reception and it sold out early and this is the largest ticket sale for a dinner our province has ever organized,” he said.
Ager added that potential candidates visit New Hampshire all the time, but Pence was the first of the 2024 names to visit since the November election.
Former President Donald Trump remains the leader among bookmakers for the 2024 Republican nomination, though aides say he won’t decide whether to run until late next year
“That would kind of signal the kick-off of the primary season,” he said.
Betting exchanges name Trump the favorite to win his party’s nomination again, placing Pence in fourth place, behind Haley and DeSantis.
Analysts say Pence’s path to victory will depend on his ability to combine his appeal to evangelical, conservative voters with his track record as Trump’s vice president.
That seemed questionable on Jan. 6, when crowds of Trump supporters marched through the US Capitol building chanting “Hang Mike Pence” after the president condemned him for lacking “courage” for reversing his orders to overturn the election results. had defied to do.
Pence’s supporters will hope the great ticket sales keep the Republicans moving forward.
And aides to both Trump and Pence say the two men stay close and talk on the phone regularly.