Bobby Jindal to headline major South Carolina Republican dinner

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline South Carolina's annual Silver Elephant dinner in June, one of the major events on the state's Republican calendar and a key function for any potential presidential candidate hoping to play in the first-in-the-South primary.

“We are proud to welcome Gov. Bobby Jindal to South Carolina,” South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore said Tuesday confirming the choice. “Our Republican governors are leading the way with solutions to America’s toughest challenges. Few governors can articulate those solutions like Gov. Jindal.”

Jindal will travel to Columbia on June 6 to deliver his keynote remarks.

Other potential Republican presidential hopefuls have headlined the event in recent years, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2013 and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in 2012.

It won't be Jindal's first high-profile trip to the Palmetto State; he also traveled there in August for the re-election kickoff for Republican Gov. Nikki Haley.

This time, Jindal will travel to South Carolina shortly before jetting off to Iowa, another key early primary state, where he will be among the featured speakers at the state party's convention June 14. Two other potential Republican contenders for the presidency in 2016, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., are also slated to speak.

Jindal also has recently spent time in New Hampshire, where he headlined the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference last month and met privately with influential state Republicans.

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Rebecca Berg

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The Washington Examiner