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DeSantis, Trump to make dueling stops in crucial presidential primary state in 2024 showdown

NEWFIELDS, N.H. – Call it a 2024 split screen moment.

Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – the current top two contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination – will be holding dueling events next Tuesday in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary and second overall contest in the GOP nominating calendar.

Fox News learned on Tuesday that DeSantis will hold a town hall in Hollis, New Hampshire. 

It’s the conservative governor’s second trip to New Hampshire since declaring his candidacy in late May.

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Trump, who in November launched his third straight White House campaign, is the commanding front-runner in the latest national and New Hampshire public opinion polls in the GOP nomination race.

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DeSantis is a clear second in most surveys, trailing Trump but ahead of the rest of the field of Republican presidential contenders, who are polling in the single digits.

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Pointing to the Granite State’s strong tradition of retail style politics, Moore said “it’s important for President Trump not to simply hold rallies with thousands of people, where he doesn’t necessarily interact directly with the voters.”

As for Florida’s governor, Moore noted that “Gov. DeSantis also has to start building out his brand in New Hampshire.”

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