MANCHESTER, N.H. – Maybe it’s just coincidence, but John Kasich plans to return to the Granite State a week after November’s midterm elections – a period that indubitably will be declared the unofficial start of the 2020 presidential race.
The visit by the outgoing Republican governor of Ohio and vocal critic of President Trump will be his second this year to the state that traditionally holds the first presidential primary.
And it comes on the heels of another recent visit by another vocal Trump critic, GOP Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.
The appearances already have fueled speculation about a possible rare primary challenge for a sitting president. That remains to be seen. But if – and it’s still a big if – the president faces serious competition from within the Republican Party, New Hampshire will likely be ground zero for the challenge.
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