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GOP’s Barbour travels to New Hampshire this week

Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is set to appear this week in the early primary state of New Hampshire as he continues preparing for a possible 2012 presidential run.

His political action committee says Barbour is scheduled to attend a reception Wednesday at a home in Bow.

On Thursday, Barbour is scheduled to go to a restaurant in Manchester and a gun shop in Hooksett before attending a reception hosted by the Greater Manchester Federation of Republican Women.

Barbour was to travel to New Hampshire March 27 and 28 but stayed home to work on the Mississippi budget.

Barbour has been to several states with early presidential contests, including Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada. He says he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to declare as a candidate.