Hillary Clinton to visit New Hampshire next week

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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 2:36 PM
Hillary Clinton to visit New Hampshire next week

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will make her first trip as a presidential candidate to the early voting state of New Hampshire next week.

The Clinton campaign said the former secretary of state will participate in small events Monday and Tuesday, including roundtables with students and small-business employees. She will also hold private meetings with elected officials and activists. The campaign did not provide more specifics of her schedule.

Clinton announced her second White House run Sunday before traveling to Iowa, where she held similar small-scale events.

Clinton won the New Hampshire primary in 2008 after placing third in the Iowa caucuses, jumpstarting a lengthy and bruising Democratic nomination contest won by Barack Obama on his way to the presidency.

The Clintons have long been popular in New Hampshire, where Bill Clinton's second-place finish in the 1992 primary helped propel him to the nomination and the White House.

Hillary Clinton last visited New Hampshire in November to stump for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Gov. Maggie Hassan. Her New Hampshire operation is drawing heavily from Shaheen's reelection team, with the senator's campaign manager, Mike Vlacich, serving as Clinton's New Hampshire state director.

At an organizing event in Concord on Wednesday night, Vlacich told supporters to expect frequent outreach from the campaign.

Clinton traveled to Iowa by van from her home in New York and held a series of events with small groups of people, leaving any big rallies for later. She pledged a campaign aimed at building "the economy of tomorrow," strengthening families, fixing government dysfunction and protecting the country from threats. She has yet to outline policy specifics.

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Associated Press writers Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer contributed to this report.