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GOP candidates descend on SC

Posted: Updated: Jan 11, 2012 07:28 AM
Newt Gingrich's campaign bus pulls into an Upstate hotel. (Jan. 11, 2011/FOX Carolina) Newt Gingrich's campaign bus pulls into an Upstate hotel. (Jan. 11, 2011/FOX Carolina)

With the First-in-the-South Republican Presidential Primary only 10 days away, the GOP candidates will travel throughout South Carolina in the coming days, in a final effort to court Republican and Independent voters.

After Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won New Hampshire and Iowa, some think he is inching closer to the nomination, but if history is any predictor -- he will have to win South Carolina first.

His campaign has announced several upcoming stops throughout the state. On Thursday, Romney will be in Greer at 7:45 a.m. for a grassroots rally at Cherokee Trikes and More on Highway 14, according to the South Carolina GOP schedule.

Romney received Gov. Nikki Haley's endorsement, but other GOP candidates have shown they have strong support from South Carolina voters.

Several of those candidates, including Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will attend a Greenville County Republican Party fundraising event with a candidate forum and barbecue dinner at Byrnes High School Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in Duncan.

On Wednesday, Gingrich will stop in Spartanburg at the Marriott at noon for a GOP luncheon and book signing. He will continue his Spartanburg tour Thursday at the Beacon Restaurant for a Town Hall event at 2 p.m. He will also attend a Greenville fundraising event Thursday night.

All of the candidates are expected to attend the SCGOP Presidential Preference Primary Debate in Myrtle Beach on Monday night, with candidate events scheduled throughout the weekend in Myrtle Beach.

Rick Perry toured the Upstate earlier in the week with stops in Anderson, Pickens and Greenville.

Note, as the polls continue to shift and candidates refocus their campaigns, their planned stops in the Upstate could change and FOX Carolina will try to keep you informed when they share their revised schedules with us.

For more information on tracking the candidates throughout South Carolina, visit

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