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barbour.JPGMississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is coming to California next month to speak at the California Republican Party's spring convention, according to the conference agenda.

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association, is among a crowded field of Republicans testing the waters to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. He is the dinner speaker on Saturday night of the state party convention, which will be held in Sacramento.

Other big names scheduled to speak at the three-day conference include former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and GOP pollster Frank Luntz.

"We're excited to have three influential speakers from three diverse political fields coming to Sacramento next month--one of the world's most respected experts on foreign policy, one of America's leading pollsters and one of our most successful governors," CRP Chairman Ron Nehring said in an e-mailed statement.

The convention will run March 18 to 20 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

Editor's note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the conference will be at the convention center. It will be at the Hyatt Regency.

PHOTO CREDIT: Republican Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi speaks during the final day of the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/ Getty Images.


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