Eyeing Possible 2012 Run: Haley Barbour Heads To South Carolina On Wednesday

Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour will visit the Republican-heavy Upstate of South Carolina Wednesday for two private events with local GOP officials to discuss a potential presidential run, POLITICO has learned.

Barbour will meet with Republicans first in Greenville and then in Spartanburg.

The closed-door gatherings will include party leaders and current and former elected officials, according to a South Carolina source familiar with the events.

Barbour’s trip to the first-in-the-South Palmetto State illustrates his increasing seriousness about a presidential bid. He has said that he’ll decide about whether he intends to run for president this spring, following his final legislative session.

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