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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s campaign is bringing on Iowa adviser Eric Woolson to help the Minnesota congresswoman’s campaign for the Iowa caucuses.

Woolson, of West Des Moines, is a veteran Republican campaign operative who most recently was an adviser to Tim Pawlenty’s campaign before the former Minnesota governor left the race for the 2012 GOP nomination last month.

The Bachmann campaign announced Wednesday that Woolson would lead its Iowa communication efforts.

Woolson was 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee’s state director during the former Arkansas governor’s campaign four years ago.

Bachmann appears to have struggled since winning the August Iowa straw poll. Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race the same day as that test vote and has taken the lead in national polls.

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