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Scott Walker’s political group names S.C. staffers

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Our American Revival political group has named its first two operatives in South Carolina ahead of a potential 2016 Republican presidential bid.

Dan Tripp, a former S.C. lawmaker who runs Mauldin-based Ground Game Strategies, will lead South Carolina operations.

Tripp was a Republican state representative from Greenville County for 12 years until 2006.

He worked on presidential campaigns of Herman Cain in 2012, John McCain in 2000 and Phil Gramm in 1996.

Walker’s political group, which is helping raise money to testing the waters for potential presidential run, also named Mike Lukach to its South Carolina operation.

He has worked on campaigns in eight states, most recently Republican Stewart Mills’ unsuccessful congressional race in Minnesota in 2014.

Walker, who has been the second favorite among South Carolina voters behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will appear Saturday along with a number of other presidential hopefuls at the S.C. Freedom Summit in Greenville.

He is expected to make an announcement on a 2016 run in June.