Potential Republican candidate for president Sen. Lindsey Graham has hired an adviser in Iowa as he ramps up preparations for a possible White House run.
According to a report in the Des Moines Register,
the South Carolina senator hired GOP operative Tracie Gibler to lead his team in Iowa and his presidential exploratory committee, Security through Strength.
Should Graham decide to enter the race, Gibler would be his campaign director in the Hawkeye State, reports the Register.
"We are excited to have Tracie on the team as she has a strong understanding of how to build a grassroots organization in the state and will be a tremendous asset in helping Senator Graham continue to meet and hear from Iowa caucusgoers and activists," Security through Strength senior adviser Christian Ferry told the Register.
The 33-year-old Gibler formerly worked as the chief of staff to Rep. Steve King, who currently represents Iowa's 4th district. The Register reports she also worked for Mariannette Miller-Meeks in her failed bids to win U.S. Senate races in 2010 and 2014.
Graham launched his exploratory committee
in January and has since visited Iowa
as he dips his toes into the presidential waters.
Graham met with several donors at a fundraiser
in Washington, D.C. last week.
Support in his home state, however, appears to be lagging behind.
More than 60 percent of South Carolina voters said in one poll they would not vote for Graham should he earn the GOP's nomination for president next year.
Graham served two years in the South Carolina House of Representatives before earning a seat in the U.S. House in the 1994 election. He served in the House chamber until winning a Senate race in 2002, taking office in January 2003.
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