The next five days serves up a loaded 2016 schedule, with potential candidates in each of the four earliest presidential nominating states.
Consider this your guide to tracking the action.
Thursday: As part of her West Coast tour, Hillary Clinton keynotes the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ conference in Las Vegas this afternoon. The event at the Mandalay Bay, which has drawn 6,000 attendees, initially was closed to the press but now is open after her aides granted approval, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. While Clinton won the most votes in the 2008 Nevada Democratic caucus, it was then-candidate Barack Obama who came out with the most delegates because of the proportional allocation system used by the party. On the other side of the country in Connecticut, Jeb Bush headlines the 36th Annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, a state party fundraiser which honors his grandfather. It’ll be his first public remarks since his widely circulated comment earlier this week that some immigrants enter the country illegally out of an “act of love.”
Friday: It’s Ryan in Iowa vs. Rand in New Hampshire. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., makes his first appearance in the first-in-the-nation caucus state since November, when he still seemed stung by his 2012 loss as Mitt Romney’s running mate. This time he’ll be in Cedar Rapids, addressing state party regulars. Meanwhile, in the Granite State, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is double-dipping with events on behalf of both the state party and the tea party apparatus. For $50, one can “Rally with Rand” in Dover Friday evening. A $250 check gets an attendee into a VIP reception and a photo with Paul in Hampton Falls.
Saturday: Three potential 2016ers will grace a Manchester, N.H., stage at the so-called “Freedom Summit,” a gathering sponsored by Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity, two groups which favor anti-establishment conservatives. Paul will be joined by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. If that isn’t enough to get your attention, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump are also expected to show. Earlier this year, organizers of this event boasted to U.S. News about how their crowd would dwarf anything organized by the party, a telling anecdote about the tension that continues to roil GOP politics. Expect this event to draw the most headlines of the weekend. But seeking to make the most of his New Hampshire jaunt, Paul is doing an additional event Saturday, raising money for a small nonprofit conservative group, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, according to WMUR.
Monday: Rick Santorum, who finished third in the 2012 South Carolina GOP primary, is back in the Palmetto State to start next week. The former Pennsylvania senator will give two public speeches in Charleston, in addition to attending private fundraisers.
Tuesday: Cruz is the only hopeful who will hit two of the early states in three days. He drops into Charleston on tax day to give a speech to headline the Free Enterprise Foundation awards dinner at The Citadel. The forecast includes temperatures in the 70s and a high chance of IRS jokes. Cruz’s trek back to South Carolina was first reported by U.S. News. CNN relays that Santorum will head to Columbia Tuesday for private meetings with local activists.