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Va. Gov. McDonnell to deliver speech to N.H. Republicans

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

It will be McDonnell’s first trip to New Hampshire as governor and first major national address since taking the helm of the Republican Governors Association.

McDonnell is expected to speak to a crowd of more than 400 at a fundraiser for a state GOP party in disarray after an internal feud between tea party activists and establishment Republicans.

Tickets are $100 or $175, and include a special VIP reception with McDonnell. He will dine with 18 to 20 Republicans at a restaurant in Concord after the brief speech and 15-minute question-and-answer session.

Expected in the audience at Monday’s First in the Nation Celebration are: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, U.S. Reps. Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta, two gubernatorial candidates and more than 100 state legislators, including the senate president and house speaker.

As RGA vice chairman, McDonnell was a constant on the campaign trail last year but Monday will mark his first national speech since taking over as the group’s leader when Texas Gov. Rick Perry resigned from the post to run for president last month.

McDonnell will take a private plane organized by the RGA to New York first to take part in a panel discussion on the state of education as part of NBC News’s “Education Nation” initiative. He will then fly to New Hampshire before returning to Virginia late Monday night.

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