In New Hampshire, where tear duct-draining temperatures and a maze of towering snow banks continue to test even the heartiest winter trouper’s mettle, much of the talk these days centers around wistful plans for tropical getaways.
But as growing numbers of Republican politicians from more temperate locales defy all climatic logic to travel to the Granite State this winter, talk of 2016 presidential politics has been picking up, too.
Big-name contenders including Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio all have been wooing New Hampshire-based operatives and activists to help guide them through the primary process as they begin upping their personal travel there.
But one less familiar potential 2016 presidential candidate is quietly garnering interest attention from the tightknit community of GOP power brokers.
Recent conversations with plugged-in Republicans across the state reveal a consensus that Carly Fiorina—the former Hewlett-Packard CEO—is positioning herself well as a potential dark horse White House contender capable of making a serious run.
Take Jim Adams, a lifelong New Hampshire resident, who has had a front row seat to the first-in-the-nation primary since 1960 when, at the age of 10, he saw John F. Kennedy deliver a campaign speech in Manchester.