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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., spoke at an organizing rally in Columbia in January. File/Jamie Lovegrove/Staff

COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has brought on Hillary Clinton's 2016 South Carolina director from the general election to lead her 2020 primary campaign in the state.

Alycia Albergottie will be Warren's S.C. state director, the campaign confirmed to The Post and Courier. She will lead the Massachusetts senator's operation in what has already become a crowded Democratic presidential field competing in a critical early primary state.

While Albergottie has spent the past couple of years outside of politics working for the management consulting firm ICF, the South Carolina native's other previous experience in the state includes stints in 2013 as regional field director for Elizabeth Colbert Busch's congressional campaign and as deputy campaign manager for Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.

Warren has also hired two other staffers in South Carolina: Sam Coleman as communication director and Ebenezer Abolarin as field director.

Coleman was press secretary for U.S. Sen. Doug Jones' upset victory in Alabama last year and in his Senate office. Abolarin most recently served as state organizing director for Walt Maddox's Alabama gubernatorial campaign.

"These hires represent the first phase of a full-scale effort to build a statewide South Carolina infrastructure to win the early state primary next February," Coleman said.

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The move makes Warren the third candidate to have paid staff in the state, joining fellow U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.

The state directors for all three campaigns are black women, who represent a crucial demographic among Democratic primary voters in South Carolina.

Along with Booker and Harris, Warren is one of few candidates to have already made multiple visits to South Carolina in the early weeks of her campaign, holding town hall-style organizing rallies in Columbia and Greenville.

Follow Jamie Lovegrove on Twitter @jslovegrove.

Jamie Lovegrove is a political reporter covering the South Carolina Statehouse, congressional delegation and campaigns. He previously covered Texas politics in Washington for The Dallas Morning News and in Austin for the Texas Tribune.

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