COLUMBIA — Ann Romney will get an extra chance to lobby for her husband tonight as Gov. Nikki Haley’s house guest.

Romney will be the second White House hopeful — by proxy in this case for her husband, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — to stay at the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. Presidential candidate and U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was Haley’s guest on two occasions and fellow 2012 contender Newt Gingrich plans to stay in the future.

Haley has opened up her home to all the presidential candidates.

Romney will also have dinner with the governor and first gentleman Michael Haley tonight, Rob Godfrey, Haley spokesman, said.

She is in South Carolina on a two-day swing. Romney told The Post and Courier Thursday that her husband is a compassionate, committed family man whose conservative values will appeal to South Carolinians. He is prepared to take on the nation’s challenges and anxious to get to work, Romney said.

“He’s a turnaround guy,” she said.

Ann Romney is expected to formally file paperwork with the South Carolina Republican Party on behalf of her husband’s campaign Friday. She will also headline a breakfast fundraiser in Columbia.

GOP Party Chairman Chad Connelly said the insight of a spouse on the campaign trail is invaluable.

“When campaigning on their own, spouses can be a powerful voice,” Connelly said. “Ann Romney is a perfect example. Her battle with cancer is inspirational and sheds light on Governor Romney’s character and faith. Mrs. Romney and the other spouses humanize their husbands, or wife, and connect with voters on a personal level. Hearing about family life, children, and personal struggles is so much more real.”

Read more in Friday’s editions of The Post and Courier.