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May 21, 2015 9:53 PM

First on NH1 News: Lindsey Graham adds to his NH team

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CONCORD – In another sign that Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina’s just days away from announcing a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, he’s adding a staffer in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Security through Strength, the testing the waters committee that Graham set up earlier this year, announced Thursday that Joe Doiron is now on board as New Hampshire state director. NH1 News was first to report the news.

Doiron most recently served as state director for Generation Opportunity in New Hampshire. Prior to that role, the Manchester based operative served as political director for the Massachusetts Republican Party. He was also a field director for Charlie Bass for Congress and as a field representative on Jon Huntsman's 2012 bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Earlier this month, Strength through Security added Portsmouth based longtime political operative Paul Young as a senior adviser.

Graham said on Monday that he’ll make his announcement regarding a White House bid on June 1 back home in South Carolina. Sources tell NH1 News that Graham will be back in the Granite State very soon after formally launching his campaign.

Graham, who served in the Air Force and the South Carolina Air National Guard before first winning to Congress in 1994, is considered a longshot for the GOP nomination.

"Thank God for New Hampshire, because if it weren't for New Hampshire, you could just buy the primary,” Graham told NH1 News earlier this year. “ Money matters but New Hampshire is an antidote to big money so it makes me more likely run because of a place like New Hampshire."


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