Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will headline a South Carolina Republican Party fundraiser later this month in Spartanburg.
The Aug. 20 fundraiser is the state party’s kickoff for its “2012 Upstate victory efforts,” according to a news release.
"Senator Santorum's common sense, conservative message will undoubtedly fire up our activists and get them ready to defeat Barack Obama. I want to personally thank Senator Santorum for taking the time to grow and support our party," S.C. Republican Party Chairman Chad Connelly said in a news release.
After winning the Iowa caucuses, Santorum enjoyed a big boost in the polls in South Carolina. But his campaign faded in the days just before the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, where Santorum finished third with just under 17 percent of the vote behind winner Newt Gingrich and runner-up Mitt Romney.
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Santorum had his best showing in the conservative upstate counties of Greenville and Spartanburg.
"I am excited to be returning to Spartanburg. The Upstate has a truly special place in the heart of my family,” Santorum said in a news release. “We made many great friends there over the past several years, and I am looking forward to returning to lend a hand in their efforts to ensure South Carolina continues to elect solid conservatives up and down the ticket."
The fundraiser is Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg. Tickets range from $25 to $500. For more information, visit http://www.scgop.com/Santorum.
-- Adam Beam