Texas Gov. Rick Perry will head to Summerville, S.C., at the beginning of July to headline a Dorchester County GOP fundraiser, per Jordan Bryngelson, the group's chairman. Gov. Nikki Haley will appear at the event as well.
The event, billed as a "GOP Big Bang BBQ" with a "Lowcountry Casual" dress code, is likely to fuel talk of a potential Perry 2016 presidential bid.
The Texas governor visited the state in August for Gov. Haley's re-election announcement, and also made a trip to the Upstate in December. And he isn't the only potential Republican presidential contender heading for the Palmetto State in the coming weeks. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will speak at the Silver Elephant Dinner in Columbia on June 6. That dinner is a marquee event for Republicans courting South Carolina contacts. Former speakers include Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz.