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Live free or die: Rand Paul says he has to win New Hampshire

Republican Presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waves while speaking, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Milford, N.H.
Republican Presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., waves while speaking, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Milford, N.H. AP

Only 24 hours into his presidential campaign, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul upped the ante dramatically in New Hampshire.

Paul, speaking Wednesday at a news conference after his second event as an official candidate, said he must win the first-in-the-nation primary to win the Republican presidential nomination.

"I will say that I think New Hampshire is incredibly important to me," Paul said. "We will try very hard. We are going to do everything to win in New Hampshire. I do think we do need to win New Hampshire."

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