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Romney visits Greenville for lunchtime fundraiser

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Crowds gather outside Soby's in downtown Greenville awaiting Romney's arrival. (Aug. 16, 2012/FOX Carolina) Crowds gather outside Soby's in downtown Greenville awaiting Romney's arrival. (Aug. 16, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GOP candidate for president Mitt Romney. (File/FOX Carolina) GOP candidate for president Mitt Romney. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is scheduled to visit Greenville on Thursday for a private fundraiser, according to the candidate's campaign.

Romney will be at Soby's New South Cuisine at 207 S. Main St. in downtown at 11 a.m., according to Lauren Van De Water, an event planner for Table 301, which owns Soby's.

Romney landed at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport about 11:40 a.m. and gave an impromptu campaign speech and took questions from the national media traveling with him. Read more about his brief address here.

"There are so many great places to have events and eat food in Greenville, and that they would event think to come to Soby's," Van De Water said. "We're very grateful and very excited to be their host."

Van De Water said the menu will feature gourmet sandwiches and a smoked sweet potato salad.

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A plate at the fundraiser is rumored to cost more than $20,000, but FOX Carolina could not immediately confirm that. However, political analyst Chip Felkel said at this point in the campaign a candidate's time is important.

"For a candidate to come to South Carolina after the primary, they have to make some money," Felkel said.

Van De Water said people from as far away as Florida are expected to attend the event. She said the crowd will fill up the restaurant, but did not provide an exact number of attendees.

Among those attending is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, according to her spokesman, Rob Godfrey.

"There are few things more important to South Carolina's future than a new occupant of the White House," Godfrey said. "Gov. Haley will do anything and everything she can to help elect Mitt Romney."

A spokesperson for the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said deputies and police will be blocking off Main Street in the area near Soby's.

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