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Donald Trump is set to launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, a day before he returns to the early voting state of New Hampshire, according to a pair of reports.

Trump will not renew his NBC contract for “The Apprentice” reality TV series, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported late Tuesday, citing an unidentified senior adviser. WMUR confirmed the news Tuesday.

In a statement obtained by the Union Leader announcing the committee, Trump mentions politicians who are “all talk and no action,” points to his own business record and casts himself as “the only one who can make America truly great again!”

Trump, who has flirted with a presidential bid in the past, is expected to list job creation, improved manufacturing and border security among his priorities should he launch a bid, according to the Union Leader.

The real estate mogul visits the Granite State on Thursday to meet with local business owners and leaders, and will attend a summit hosted by the state GOP next month.

Trump has remained vocal criticizing President Obama in recent years and has said he is weighing a potential run.

In 2013, the New York Post reported that Trump had spent more than $1 million to research a potential 2016 bid. Announcing an exploratory committee is his most concrete step toward launching a campaign.

Should he launch a bid, he’d likely join a crowded GOP field of around two dozen potential candidates.

“Everything is awesome,” Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokeswoman Holly Shulman said in a statement on Trump’s announcement, linking to a video of “The Lego Movie” hit single of the same name.

The DNC pointed to recent comments from Trump, including his remark at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, when he said he didn’t know where Obama was born.

–This report was updated at 11:44 a.m.

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