After visits from a few of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls to South Carolina, a group tied to top Democratic prospect Hillary Clinton will hold a fundraiser this month in Columbia.
State Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Bamberg Democrat running for lieutenant governor this year, said he will be one of hosts of the fundraiser by Ready for Hillary, a political-action committee pushing for the former First Lady and Secretary of State to run for the White House.
The Feb. 20 fundraiser at 701 Whaley will cost $20.16, Sellers said. News of the event was first reported by CNN.
Sellers said he hopes the fundraiser energizes S.C. Democrats in the early presidential primary state.
"The GOP has done a great job of sucking the life out of the party," he said.
The request also puts Sellers, 29, into the national Democratic spotlight.
He backed Barack Obama in 2008 when the then-Illinois senator defeated Clinton in the South Carolina presidential primary.
Clinton's camp appears to be wooing Sellers early in case she chooses to run.
Sellers said he has spoken with Ready for Hillary officials over the past few weeks about the event.
He said he has not decided yet if he will back Clinton.
Sellers said the visit by Ready for Hillary shows that "it's important for South Carolina to be a big player in the (2016) election."
S.C. Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison said fundraiser "is a great thing" for the state.
The pro-Clinton group's visit in not the first with tinges of 2016 by Democrats.
Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker at the S.C. Democratic party's annual fundraising dinner last year.
A number of Republicans with White House aspirations have visited the state -- including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky and Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.