Republican presidential candidate, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford chats with patrons at the Puritan Backroom restaurant, as he campaigns, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Sanford takes his first 2020 campaign trip to New Hampshire

September 19, 2019 - 12:36 pm

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, is making his first trip to New Hampshire since announcing his longshot primary challenge to President Donald Trump.

Sanford is making three stops between Manchester and Concord on Thursday, with plans to campaign in the state until Saturday.

Sanford is the third Republican 2020 candidate to campaign in New Hampshire in the hopes of denting Trump's reelection chances. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has made repeated trips to New Hampshire, and Joe Walsh, a former congressman from Illinois, made a little-noticed first trip to the state earlier this month.

With several states canceling their early voting contests, the New Hampshire primary is likely the best chance for insurgent GOP candidates to make a show of force against Trump.