Barbour Headed to Iowa

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On the heels of a high-profile speech at CPAC, an appearance on Fox News Sunday and with the press beginning to dig into his lobbying days, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is taking the natural next step:

In another sign that he’s moving toward a presidential bid, Haley Barbour will visit Iowa next month, POLITICO has learned.

The Mississippi governor will keynote a March 15 dinner in Scott County, the first of a year-long series of Iowa Republican Party fundraisers aimed at bolstering county parties.

Barbour has been to South Carolina twice already this year, but his Scott County appearance will mark his first 2011 visit to Iowa. He last visited the state in October in his capacity as RGA Chairman to rally support for Gov. Terry Branstad.