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Eye on 2016?: Ohio’s Portman going to New Hampshire

In what could be the first step toward a presidential run, Sen. Rob Portman will do an event with the New Hampshire Republican Party later this month.

The Ohio Republican, who was on Mitt Romney’s list of potential vice-president possibilities during the 2012 election, is considered a possible presidential hopeful. He’ll be appearing in Salem on June 14.

The news was first reported by the New Hampshire Union-Leader, which reported that Portman will join New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte at a private fundraiser that will cost $250 a ticket. Portman, a spokesman said, reached out to Ayotte last week to let her know about the visit, and she suggested he host a fundraiser for the state party.

The Portman spokesman said he will already be in the state to attend a Dartmouth College reunion that weekend and will participate in an American Politics panel as part of the class of 1978’s reunion.

Portman last visited the state on July 7, 2012, when he appeared at a state GOP fundraiser. That event was timed to a college visit for his daughter, and led to speculation that he might be in the state because it was close to Romney’s Boston home and Wolfeboro, N.H., vacation home.

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