Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is seeking counsel from seasoned political operatives, as he mulls a potential run for the White House in 2016.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Thursday that Kasich and his team have sought advice on a presidential run from former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, former Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.), and Richard Allen, a former national security adviser to Ronald Reagan.

Next week, Kasich will visit the early primary voting state of South Carolina to meet with local officials and party members — a trip that could be taken as further evidence that he’s making moves toward a potential run.

Kasich has been on a national tour to promote a balanced budget constitutional amendment.

However, he lacks national name recognition and barely registers in most polls of Republican presidential candidates. He’s also far behind other possible candidates in building a campaign infrastructure and on the fundraising front.

Still, many Republicans believe he’d be a formidable candidate if he could gain traction.

Kasich defeated a Democratic candidate in 2014's gubernatorial race, when many believed he would face a tough reelection fight.

The GOP has a deep bench of governors that some conservatives are eager to tap, and Kasich has a strong fiscal record to run on. As chairman of the House Budget Committee in the late 1990s, Kasich worked with then-President Clinton to balance the budget for three years.

Republicans will hold their national convention in Ohio in 2016. No Republican in generations has won the presidency without carrying the state.