Unless Florida beats the state party to the punch, South Carolina holds the first-in-the-South 2012 GOP presidential primary. It has become one to watch as the past few contests have chosen the person who eventually became the party’s nominee.
That is one reason Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has decided to spend April 18th, tax day, in South Carolina. She has been heavily courting Tea Party support in the state as she considers a run for president. She will be appearing at a Statehouse rally sponsored by the Columbia Tea Party which also features Gov. Nikki Haley.
This week, former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer was in the state exploring presidential possibilities. He is taking a different approach than others currently eyeing the race:
This weekend, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will be in the state appearing at county Republican conventions in Greenville and Spartanburg.