It’s looking like campaign 2012 may include a few familiar faces in the Republican lineup of presidential hopefuls, as potential challengers to an Obama re-election bid such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum begin to pull their acts — and teams — together. –KA

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Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour are quietly preparing for possible candidacies with visits to would-be donors, calls to potential supporters and interviews with future hires.

“Things have picked up dramatically in the last couple weeks,” said Matthew Strawn, the chairman of the Iowa Republican Party.

Putting together the early nuts-and-bolts of a campaign is a delicate balance between persuading staff and donors that the candidate is serious while telling the public that a bid is being weighed.

“I haven’t made a decision yet as to what we’re going to do,” Romney often demurs even as his advisers are reviewing resumes.

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