EXCLUSIVE: Mike Pence will attack Democrats' plans to weaken voter fraud protections as the first 2024 hopeful to speak in New Hampshire tonight

 Former Vice President Mike Pence travels to New Hampshire Thursday, where he will deliver a speech condemning Democratic plans to overhaul voting laws, kicking off Republican primary season.

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 an appearance in another early state, South Carolina, where Pence promised to keep pushing back on the 'liberal agenda' of President Biden.

A source close to Pence said he was planning to attack Democrats' plans to overhaul voting laws.

Former Vice President Mike Pence will attack Democrats plans for overhauling voter laws when he addresses Republicans in New Hampshire on Thursday evening

Former Vice President Mike Pence will attack Democrats plans for overhauling voter laws when he addresses Republicans in New Hampshire on Thursday evening

$250 VIP tickets have sold out for the Hillsborough County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Awards Dinner at the DoubleTree hotel in Manchester

$250 VIP tickets have sold out for the Hillsborough County Republican Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Awards Dinner at the DoubleTree hotel in Manchester


'It’s expected to be a different speech than the one he delivered in South Carolina, and Pence plans to home in specifically on a select couple of issues like HR 1, which the New Hampshire Secretary of State has been a vocal opponent of,' said the source.

Republicans see HR1, known as the For the People Act, as a power grab that could tilt elections in favor of Democrats for years to come.

Supporters say it abolishes hurdles to voting, offering same-day registration for federal elections, no-excuse mail voting, at least two weeks of early voting and automatically registering voters.

Pence condemned the measures in a March comment piece for The Daily Signal, saying it would sweep aside state efforts to protect elections in favor of an attempt to 'nationalize elections.'

'HR 1 would turn a blind eye to very real problems at the state level, exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, and further undermine the American people’s confidence in the principle of “one person, one vote,”' he wrote.

While none of the likely runners has announced a bid for the White House, a shadow campaign has begun.

Pompeo is expected to make his second trip to the early caucus state of Iowa next month.

South Dakota Gov. 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 joined the Heritage Foundation and Young America's Foundation. He has all set up 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 be hosting Pence in New Hampshire.

'We have a VIP reception and sold that out early and this is the largest ticket sales for a dinner that our county has ever put on,' 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 November's election.

Former President Donald Trump remains the leader with bookmakers for the 2024 Republican nomination even though aides say he will not decide whether to run until late next year

Former President Donald Trump remains the leader with bookmakers for the 2024 Republican nomination even though aides say he will not decide whether to run until late next year

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'Which would kind of indicate the kickoff of the primary season,' he said.

Betting exchanges list Trump as the favorite to win his party's nomination again and place Pence in fourth place, behind Haley and DeSantis.

Analysts say Pence's path to victory will rely on his ability to mix his appeal to evangelical, conservative voters with his record as Trump's vice president.

That looked to be in doubt on Jan 6. when mobs of Trump supporters marched through the U.S. Capitol building chanting, 'Hang Mike Pence,' after the president condemned him as lacking 'courage' for defying his orders to overturn the election results.

Pence's supporters will hope that the stellar ticket sales mean Republicans have moved on. 

And aides to both Trump and Pence say the two men remain close and talk regularly on the telephone. 

New Hampshire Republican operative Lauren Zelt said GOP members were excited to hear from Pence as both a former vice president and potential 2024 candidate.  

'They see it as an opportunity contrast what they call the hope of Republicans against the disasters of the Biden administration,' she said.

EXCLUSIVE: Mike Pence will attack Democrats' plans to weaken voter fraud protections as the first 2024 hopeful to speak in New Hampshire tonight EXCLUSIVE: Mike Pence will attack Democrats' plans to weaken voter fraud protections as the first 2024 hopeful to speak in New Hampshire tonight Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 04:54 Rating: 5

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