Visits by Potential Republican Candidates
Between Election Day 2008 and Election Day, November 2, 2010, 10 potential candidates made 31 visits totaling 37 days. (Note this does note include a couple of longshot prospects). This is substantially less traffic than during the same period in the last cycle, when 12 potential candidates made 53 visits totaling 70 days (>). It is the editor's opinion that one possible explanation for the higher totals in the 2008 cycle results from the effect of having both Republicans and Democrats campaigning in that cycle, resulting in a more heated atmosphere.
*Former Gov. Mitt Romney owns a home in Wolfeboro on Lake Winnipesaukee and has spent much of summer 2010 there. Noted below are appearances that generated media attention.
longshots not included in total:
>Herman Cain and Fred Karger ; Karger spent the most time of any potential candidate.
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney campaigned for Republican candidates in NH on October 29, 2010. He rallied with John Stephen at Tuscan Kitchen Restaurant in Salem; held a mid-day business roundtable with Charlie Bass at Martha's Exchange restaurant in Nashua; and spoke at an afternoon fundraising reception for Frank Guinta at the home of Mark and Sharon Sykas in Stratham.
>As part of the RGA's "Remember November" tour, Gov. Haley Barbour and Gov. Bob McDonnell appeared at a GOTV rally for John Stephen at the Derryfield Country Club Restaurant in Manchester, NH on October 28, 2010.
>Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited NH on October 16, 2010. He spoke at an afternoon fundraising reception for 2nd CD congressional nominee Charlie Bass in Amherst; and was a special guest at a fundraising reception for Executive Councilor Raymond Burton at the Mountain View Hotel club house in Whitefield.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum gave a keynote address at Cornerstone-Action’s Annual Steward of the Family Dinner and Awards banquet at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Manchester, NH on the evening of October 15, 2010.
>Gov. Bobby Jindal visited Portsmouth, NH on October 14, 2010 to support gubernatorial nominee John Stephen. He toured Salient Surgical Technologies at Pease International Tradeport; and spoke at fundraising reception for Stephen at the 100 Club in Portsmouth. (sequence unclear).
>Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited NH on September 30, 2010. He was the guest at a fundraising breakfast to benefit gubernatorial nominee John Stephen at Villa Banca Restaurant in Nashua; at a fundraising lunch with congressional nominee Frank Guinta at the Radisson in Manchester; and at an evening fundraising reception for Stephen at the home of Eric and Ellen Nickerson in Windham.
>Gov. Haley Barbour appeared at a fundraising breakfast for gubernatorial nominee John Stephen at The Yard Restaurant in Manchester, NH on the morning of September 27, 2010.
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney appeared at a couple of events in NH on September 25, 2010. He was the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Republican Party's Convention at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord; and was the guest speaker at a fundraiser for gubernatorial nominee John Stephen at the home of David and Debi Barka (the Alan Shepard House) in Derry.
>Former Gov. George Pataki spoke at a Politics & Eggs breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, NH on the morning of September 13, 2010.
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney appeared at the Seacoast Republican Women Annual Chili Fest at Scamman Farm in Stratham, NH on the afternoon of September 11, 2010.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited NH on August 21, 2010. He attended a fundraising event for state Senate candidate Andy Sanborn at The Draft in Concord; and was the keynote speaker at the Manchester Republicans Candidate Fair at the Old Red Cross Building in Manchester.
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney hosted a summer picnic for about 250 supporters at Bob and Tona White's house on Lake Sunapee, NH on August 21, 2010.
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney was the featured guest at an "Evening on the Lake" reception to benefit the New Hampshire Republican Party at the home of George and Barbara Elkins in Mirror Lake (Tuftonboro area), NH on August 12, 2010.
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney did a reception and book-signing and delivered the keynote address to benefit the House Republican Victory PAC at Fratello's Restaurant in Manchester, NH on August 5, 2010.
>Sen. Rick Santorum visited NH on July 26, 2010. He met with Mayor Gatsas in Manchester; attended a fundraising luncheon for New Hampshire Senate Republicans in Portsmouth; did a plant tour and to meet with employees at TURBOCAM International in Barrington; and appeared at a reception for Executive Council candidate Chris Sununu at the home of Rep. William and Marjory Smith in New Castle.
[Note: On July 19, 2010 former Gov. Sarah Palin, on her Facebook page, endorsed Kelly Ayotte in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate].
>Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited NH on July 10, 2010. He was the special guest at the Strafford County Republican Committee's annual picnic at Guppy Park in Dover; and appeared at an evening reception for the New Hampshire Republican Party at Knollwood Farm, the home of Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph Petrone, in Dublin. (Pawlenty was in New England for the National Governors Association meeting in Boston, July 9-11).
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney and his family, as in past years, watched the Wolfeboro Fourth of July Parade in Wolfeboro, NH on July 4, 2010.
>Former Gov. Gary Johnson visited NH on June 24 and 26-27, 2010. On June 24 he did a live in-studio radio interview with the "Bulldog" Brian Tilton on WTPL 107.7FM in Bow and did an interview with a reporter from the Concord Monitor in Concord. On June 25 he did private meetings in Manchester and Littleton. On the afternoon of June 26 he moderated a debate entitled "Old School Goes to Pot" between Rich Paul ('civil disobedience marijuana activist') and Matt Simon ('working within the system') at Free State Project's 2010 Porcupine Freedom Festival (PorcFest) at Rogers Campground in Lancaster. On June 27 he gave the closing keynote speech at PorcFest in Lancaster. [note no public events on June 25; this trip counted as three days]
>Former Speaker Newt Gingrich visited NH on June 21, 2010. He spoke at a fundrasing breakfast for the New Hampshire Republican Party at wedu design in Manchester; was the featured guest at a New Hampshire Republican Party/NH House Republican Victory PAC candidate training session at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester; and spoke at a New Hampshire Renewal Project Rediscovering God in America policy briefing for pastors at the Raddison Hotel in Nashua.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum visited NH on June 9, 2010. He was the keynote speaker at a "Kick Off to a Republican Majority" luncheon for the New Hampshire House Republican Victory Political Action Committee at the Concord Country Club in Concord; and spoke at a NHGOP "Issues and Answers Series" reception at the home of Stephen Stepanek in Amherst. He also did media interviews in Manchester.
>Former Gov. George Pataki, in NH on June 8, 2010, toured a senior condominium complex in Salem with gubernatorial candidate John Stephen; and was the guest speaker at a reception for Stephen at the Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson.
>Former Sen. Rick Santorum was the featured speaker at the Cheshire County Republicans' Lincoln Day Dinner at Keene Country Club in Keene, NH on the evening of April 30, 2010.
>Former Gov. Mitt Romney visited Manchester, NH on April 7-8, 2010 as part of his tour for his book No Apology. On April 7 in Manchester he did a signing at the Barnes & Noble in Manchester; and spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College. On April 8 he spoke at a Politics & Eggs breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford.
>Former Gov. Gary Johnson visited NH on March 29-30 and April 1, 2010. On the evening of March 29 he spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester. On March 30 he spoke to the American Constitution Society at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord; and in the evening spoke at the University of New Hampshire Memorial Union Building in Durham, sponsored by YAL (Young Americans for Liberty) and NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). [On March 31 he spoke at Suffolk University in Boston]. On April 1 he spoke at a Politics & Eggs breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford; and was the featured speaker at the Grafton County Republican Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner at Indian Head Resort in North Woodstock. [note this trip counted as 1 visit, three days]
>Gov. Tim Pawlenty visited Manchester, NH on March 25, 2010. He toured and met with students at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College; and keynoted the Manchester Republican Committee's 2010 Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner at the Executive Court.
>Gen. David Petraeus spoke at a "Conversation with General Petraeus" at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH on March 24, 2010.
>Rep. Mike Pence was the keynote speaker at the Hillsborough County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Reception & Dinner at the Event Center at CR Sparks in Bedford, NH on March 19, 2010.
>Former Gov. George Pataki was the guest speaker at the Rockingham County Republican Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner at Castleton in Windham, NH on February 12, 2010.
>Former Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke at STEWARD's (Save the Economy Without Accumulating Record Debt - Fred Tauch) "Grassroots Communications Conference" at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH on January 30, 2010.
>Former Gov. Gary Johnson visited NH on January 22-23, 2010. On January 22 he met with the Union-Leader. On January 23 he delivered the keynote address at an educational forum hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire at the Grappone Center in Concord. He also visited NH GOP headquarters in Concord.
>Gov. Tim Pawlenty was the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the Republican Senate Majority Committee PAC at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on December 16, 2009.
>Gov. Haley Barbour was the featured guest at a fundraiser in Bedford, NH on June 24, 2009. (Barbour spoke at a GOP fundraiser in Iowa the next day).
Republican Visits in 2008 Cycle
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