Scott Walker Heading to Michigan as Part of His Midwest Strategy

Wisconsin's governor is looking for neighborly support.

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will travel to Michigan on Monday as he seeks to build his national standing and fundraising network and also make friends in a state set to hold a March 2016 primary.

The likely Republican presidential candidate, who isn't expected to formally declare his candidacy until early summer, has focused heavily on Midwestern states as he works to enlarge his political network. In Michigan, he's scheduled to attend meetings with state legislators and activists, potential political allies, and to deliver remarks at two Republicans events, a Ingham County GOP luncheon in Lansing and the Oakland County Lincoln Day dinner in Novi.

For now, Michigan's primary is set for March 8 and would follow those in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Last month, Walker traveled to Minnesota, where he met with Republican legislators and delivered a couple speeches.

"The path for a Republican to win the presidency comes through the Midwest," Walker said last week at an event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "It comes from Iowa and Wisconsin and Michigan and Ohio and we're even going to include Pennsylvania because they're part of the Big Ten."

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