Bush will head to NH after 15-year absence
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Jeb Bush will make his first political trip to New Hampshire in more than a decade next month, and he has hired a top political operative in the Granite State to guide his campaign there.

The Boston Globe reported on Thursday that Bush has hired New Hampshire GOP strategist Rich Killion, who ran Mitt Romney’s New Hampshire operations in 2008, to run his campaign in the state.

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The Globe also reported that Bush will visit New Hampshire in March, his first political visit to the state in about 15 years.

Former New Hampshire GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen, who is writing a book on the history of the New Hampshire primary, told The Hill last month that Bush hasn’t made a political visit to the state since 2000, when he appeared on behalf of his brother, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Bush has also been mentioned as a potential speaker at the New Hampshire Republican Party’s leadership summit in April, though a representative for Bush did not respond to requests to confirm either visit.

New Hampshire, the site of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, could be critical to Bush’s 2016 hopes.

The state is historically more open to considering establishment candidates, compared to Iowa and South Carolina, where conservative grassroots candidates typically shine.

A WMUR poll released last week showed Bush with an early lead over a big field of candidates in New Hampshire.