Pawlenty sets sights on South Carolina

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican Tim Pawlenty has set his sights on South Carolina, with his first visit to the state with presidential importance scheduled for two days in early May.

Minnesota's governor and a possible 2012 candidate is scheduled to be at two events. One is a May 7 reception for the South Carolina Republican Party and the next day he'll stump for a GOP candidate trying to topple an influential Democratic congressman.

Since ruling out another run for governor, Pawlenty has traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire. But he hadn't been to the state that hosts the first-in-the-South presidential primary.

According to an invitation to a fundraising event, Pawlenty will be in Rock Hill to campaign for Mick Mulvaney. The state senator is challenging Democratic Rep. John Spratt, the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

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