(CNN) - Add Nevada to the crucial early states in the road to the White House that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's visiting.
CNN confirmed Monday that the probable 2012 GOP presidential hopeful will meet with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and lunch with GOP lawmakers Tuesday in Carson City, Nevada.
The trip to Nevada could be a sign that Barbour will compete in the Silver State if he formally jumps into the race for the White House. As of now, Nevada's caucuses, scheduled for next February, go third in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
At the end of this week Barbour makes a return trip to Iowa. The state's caucuses traditionally kick off the race for the White House. And at the end of the month Barbour's in New Hampshire, which holds the first primary of the presidential season.
Word of Barbour's trip to Nevada comes as he made another high-profile hire, Sally Bradshaw, a longtime adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bradshaw worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the 2008 battle for the GOP presidential nomination.
Barbour recently brought on board to his political action committee Jim Dyke, a former Republican National Committee communications director. And he signed up Mike Dennehy in New Hampshire. Dennehy was a key player in Sen. John McCain's 2000 & 2008 primary victories in the Granite state.
Barbour continues to say he plans to decide at the end of April - after the Mississippi legislature concludes its session - whether or not he will seek the GOP presidential nomination.
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Haley,I think you should "Listen and take Notes" when our first lady talks about healthy eating. I,m not one to talk,but the "fat back and collards, Craklens,and fried chicken are effecting your brains,man. No southern gop and tea needed here out west. "No Mississippi out here"
I guess the strategy is to get Missisippi and Nevada all sewed up. Two down, 48 to go. : )
Look at the line-up of republican hopefuls. Would you buy a used car from any of them?
Guy looks experienced enough to be John McCain's father.
I bet he does one heck of W.C. Fields imitation.