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Chris Christie courts ‘traditionally overlooked’ college students in N.H. as GOP field narrows

The first-in-the-nation presidential primary in New Hampshire is less than seven weeks away, and presidential candidates are making their way through the Granite State. Here are some events to note.

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks at a town hall held at the Merrimack Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8641. (Jim Davis for The Boston Globe)Jim Davis for The Boston Globe

One of the former governors who’s looking to beat former president Donald Trump in the race for the GOP presidential nomination is courting younger voters in New Hampshire as a source of potential energy as he faces calls to drop out of the race.

Former governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will visit four colleges and universities in New Hampshire on Thursday and Friday. His goal is to sign up volunteers, encourage voter registration, and continue reaching out to what his team said is a voting group “traditionally overlooked or actively ignored” by Republicans.

Christie will attend events on Thursday at Franklin Pierce University, Keene State College, and New England College, then on Friday at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Christie will also attend a town hall on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Hooksett.

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Groups backing Christie had earlier urged Democrats in New Hampshire to update their party affiliation to “undeclared” so they could pick Christie in the GOP primary, but fewer than 4,000 people did so.

Christie’s swing through New Hampshire this week will come on the heels of his expected appearance Wednesday evening at the fourth televised GOP presidential debate, alongside former governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. Trump will skip the debate.

Two candidates who appeared on stage for earlier debates, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota, suspended their campaigns in recent weeks, as pressure to winnow the field builds.

Here are additional events in the coming days involving presidential candidates:

  • Former governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas held a meet and greet Wednesday morning in Londonderry.
  • Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota, a Democrat, will host meet and greets on Wednesday in North Conway at 3:30 p.m. and in Laconia at 6:30 p.m.
  • Phillips will attend a Pints and Politics event at The Barley House in Concord on Thursday at 4 p.m.
  • The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College will host a forum for lesser-known candidates on Thursday at 4 p.m.
  • Phillips will celebrate the opening of a campaign office in Manchester on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
  • Ramaswamy will host a “Free speech & free drinks” town hall in Hampton on Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • Ramaswamy will host a breakfast town hall in Portsmouth on Monday at 8:30 a.m., a lunchtime rally in Nashua, and a town hall in Manchester at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hutchinson will participate in a “Stand with Crypto Presidential Forum” at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester on Monday at 2:15 p.m.

The presidential primary in New Hampshire, which will be held Jan. 23, is now less than seven weeks away.


Steven Porter can be reached at steven.porter@globe.com. Follow him @reporterporter.