The South Carolina Republican Party has added 13 additional staff members to coordinate efforts in the federal, state and local elections, according to a story posted on The State's website.

The team is headed by Kurt Pickhardt, who was Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign political director and director of operations for the S.C. GOP, the story said. Pickhardt also was state political director for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2012 presidential bid.

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