Cory Gardner

Sen. Cory Gardner

COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado will headline the S.C. GOP's Silver Elephant Gala fundraiser Oct. 12 in Columbia.

Garnder is chair of Republican Senatorial Committee, which is working to keep the party's majority in the chamber. Republicans hold a 52-46 edge.

South Carolina political party dinners usually attract future presidential hopefuls to gauge their interest in an early primary state. Gardner was elected to the Senate in 2014 after two terms in the U.S. House representing rural eastern Colorado.

On Tuesday, he backed the Dream Act, which would give a path to citizenship to immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally before age 18.

Gardner also called out President Donald Trump's reaction to the deadly Charlottesville protests by tweeting last month: "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."

This year's Silver Elephant is the S.C. GOP's 50th anniversary event. Then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan spoke at the first gala.

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Columbia Bureau Chief

Shain is Columbia Bureau Chief for The Post and Courier. He was editor of Free Times and was a reporter and editor at The State, The Charlotte Observer and The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News.

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