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Corey Lewandowski joining Trump at New Hampshire rally amid Senate run speculation

President Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will join him Thursday evening at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, amid speculation that he will formally announce a run for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire in 2020.

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Ahead of his rally, Trump told the radio show “New Hampshire Today” he didn’t think that Lewandowski had made a decision yet on whether to run, but praised him.

“I think Corey is a fantastic guy. And I don’t think he’s made that decision yet. I will say this, if he ran, he would be a great senator,” Trump said. “If he ran and won, he’d be a great senator. He would be great for New Hampshire.”

Lewandowski told ABC News earlier this month that he was “seriously considering” running for Senate, with hopes of unseating incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen who is up for re-election next year.

“I’m seriously considering it,” Lewandowski said. “Senator Shaheen has failed the people of New Hampshire by voting in lock step with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The people of New Hampshire deserve better. If I run, I would be a voice for all the people of New Hampshire.”

PHOTO: Former Trump Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski speaks as US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018.Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Former Trump Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski speaks as US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018.

While the president hasn’t formally endorsed him, he has retweeted Lewandowski’s tweets of reports that he is leading the GOP Senate field in polls in New Hampshire. Sources told ABC News that Lewandowski would greet the president at the airport in New Hampshire along with his wife and kids and then discuss a potential announcement Thursday night about a run.

Lewandowski, who served as Trump’s first campaign manager until he was fired in June of 2016, has remained close to the president and the West Wing, serving as an outside adviser to Trump since his election.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party released a statement earlier this month calling him a “craven lobbyist who has been credibly accused of assault many times.”

During the 2016 campaign, Lewandowski was charged with battery for grabbing former Breitbart reporter, Michelle Fields, at a Trump campaign event. The case was eventually dropped.

“Corey Lewandowski is a craven lobbyist who has been credibly accused of assault many times and is chomping at the bit to strip away Granite Staters’ health care,” New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank said. “Meanwhile, Senator Shaheen is making a difference for New Hampshire families, leading efforts in the Senate to expand access to health care and taking on the big drug companies to lower the costs of prescription drugs. The contrast couldn’t be more clear.”

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