Washington (CNN) – On the same day that President Barack Obama announced the launching of his re-election campaign, Vice President Joe Biden is in a crucial state in the race for the White House.
The vice president teams up with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at an event at the University of New Hampshire in Durham to highlight how the school's efforts to reduce and respond to incidents of sexual violence on its campus can be used as a model across the country.
Then Biden heads to nearby Portsmouth, New Hampshire to headline a gathering for Organizing for America, the grassroots outreach wing of the Democratic National Committee.
A Democratic source tells CNN that the vice president will meet with supporters and volunteers who "over the last two and a half years have been instrumental in getting the economy back on track."
The source says that the event is not a fundraiser, but more of a thank you and a pep talk to key supporters.
New Hampshire plays a large role in the race for the White House, as its primary goes second in the primary and caucus calendar. While Obama will most likely not face any serious primary challenge, the president's political advisers don't want to cede the spotlight to the Republicans in a state that also will play a crucial role in the general election.
Former President George W. Bush won the Granite state by 3 percentage points in his 2004 re-election victory. Obama carried the state by six points in his 2008 victory over Sen. John McCain. But the GOP made major gains in last November's midterm elections, holding onto an open Senate seat, winning back from the Democrats both of the state's two House seats, and winning large majorities in the state house.
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