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Jul052011

Huckabee's Daughter Signs On with Pawlenty to Lead Iowa Push

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mike Huckabee's daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed on to Tim Pawlenty's team as a senior political adviser leading his push in Iowa, his campaign announced Tuesday.

She will lead the campaign's work on the Iowa Straw Poll that will be held in Ames in August, a key part of Pawlenty's effort to win the Iowa caucuses next winter.

“Sarah is a results-oriented person with a great track record in Iowa and around the country,” Pawlenty said in a statement. “We are very excited Sarah is joining our team just as we are hitting our stride in Iowa.”

Four years ago, Huckabee Sanders was her father's national political director when he won the Iowa caucuses.

“I’m delighted to join the Governor and First Lady in Iowa, which holds a special place in my heart,” she said. “It’s clear to me that Gov. Pawlenty has what it takes to unite the party, unite the country and beat President Obama.”

Pawlenty is planning to spend the better part of July in the Hawkeye state -- starting later this week -- as he attempts to gain momentum ahead of Ames. His campaign announced Friday that it had raised $4.2 million during the second quarter, with an undisclosed portion of that money for the general election should the former Minnesota governor secure the GOP nomination.

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