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Gov. Scott Walker is greeted by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, another Republican presidential candidate, left, before speaking at a fundraiser in June for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, in Boone, Iowa.


If there was any question how important Iowa is to Gov. Scott Walker, it's been answered by his schedule for the week following his presidential announcement.

The six days following that event will take him on a whirlwind tour through the primary states of Nevada, South Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa. 

But while Nevada, South Carolina and New Hampshire get one day each — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively — Walker will spend three days in Iowa, home of the first nominating contest of the election cycle.

Walker first shot through the barrier between “sleeper candidate” and “top contender” after a breakout performance at the Jan. 24 Iowa Freedom Summit.

The governor plans to tour the Hawkeye State in a Winnebago RV, starting on Friday in Davenport.

From there, he'll hit Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. On Saturday, he'll make his way through Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Carroll, Ames and Marshalltown.

In Ames, he'll participate in the Family Leadership Summit, hosted by conservative Iowa activist Bob Vander Plaats. 

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On Sunday, he'll visit Cedar Falls, his hometown of Plainfield and Dubuque.

The Iowa trip is part of his attempt to pull a "Full Grassley," according to his campaign.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, is famous for visiting all 99 of the state's counties every year. Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2012 after pulling off his own version of the "Full Grassley."

The following week, Walker will be in Atlanta for a conference hosted by the conservative website RedState.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.