Rick Santorum returning to South Carolina for campaign swing

Republican presidential candidates, former New York Gov. George Pataki, left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, center, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal appear during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Presidential contender Rick Santorum is returning to South Carolina this week for a campaign swing.

The former Pennsylvania senator is holding a media availability Friday with state Chairman Matt Moore at Republican Party Headquarters in Columbia.

Santorum is officially filing his paperwork as a candidate in the state’s first-in-the-South primary. He’s also slated to stop by the Columbia Greek Festival.

Later in the evening, he joins other Republican hopefuls in Greenville for the Heritage Action Forum.