Republican presidential politicking in the Palmetto State is picking up.
GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich will campaign in the Lowcountry today and Wednesday, and the best chance to hear him is probably during a town hall meeting from 7:30 to 9 tonight at North Charleston City Hall.
Another contender, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, also will be in North Charleston today and will tour the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center, a Christian organization that counsels women and encourages alternatives to abortion.
Former China ambassador and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman campaigned Monday night in Greer before the Greenville-Spartanburg GOP Summer Barbecue Fundraiser and is set to hold an event at Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville today.
Also on Monday, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced plans to hold a Sept. 5 forum in Columbia for GOP presidential hopefuls.
Candidates will take the stage one at a time to field questions from DeMint and two others. Only candidates who receive at least 5 percent in an Aug. 22 online poll will be invited to the event, which will be televised by South Carolina ETV.
Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, previously visited the Lowcountry to talk to the Charleston Tea Party rally at Patriots Point in the spring. The party also is organizing tonight's town hall, which is free and open to the public.
Those who show up also can remain afterward and watch Gingrich be interviewed live on FOX News' "The Sean Hannity Show."
The tea party hopes to host similar events for all GOP presidential contenders before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary early next year.
Santorum was the first to accept the invitation.
Gingrich also is set to do radio interviews on Charleston area stations earlier today, and he will address the summer meeting of the South Carolina electric cooperative at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Charleston Place.
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