Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is actively exploring a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that Fiorina “has been talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states and planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting next week.”


A Republican strategist confirmed to The Hill she’s “making a lot of aggressive moves right now and she’s quite serious.”

Still, some Republican strategists question if she’d be a viable candidate in what’s expected to be a crowded field, saying she overestimates her political skills.

“She couldn’t win in her home state,” one strategist said of her failed bid in 2010 to unseat Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.). Debt issues still linger over her campaign from that run.

But as a Republican from California and potentially the only female candidate in the GOP field, Fiorina could stand out and get a chance to make her case. Republicans are high on candidates with successful business backgrounds, and she steered Hewlett-Packard through the dotcom bust as a high-profile Silicon Valley executive.

Fiorina has visited New Hampshire and Iowa several times this year and has more visits planned. She already has a super-PAC, serves as a vice chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and was co-chairwoman of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

One strategist told The Hill that she’s unlikely to “catch fire” during the primaries, but that she could land a position as a Cabinet secretary in a potential Republican administration.