2016 on his mind? Marco Rubio to visit New Hampshire on May 9

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio plans to make his first trip to New Hampshire in nearly two years, hinting at what could be a run for the Republican presidential nomination, reports New Hampshire ABC affiliate WMUR.

Rubio will be a featured speaker at the annual Rockingham County Republican Committee fundraising dinner scheduled for May 9 in the city of New Castle.

The speech represents an excellent speaking engagement for Rubio. Rockingham County has the highest number of Republicans than any region of the state.

The last time Rubio was in New Hampshire was 2012 while campaigning for Ovide Lamontange’s unsuccessful bid for governor, according to WMUR.

At one time a top Republican contender for the 2016 presidential primary, Rubio has recently suffered in the polls with conservatives over his efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform. 

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