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Rubio headed to South Carolina



Sen. Marco Rubio is headed to South Carolina in late August to headline a conservative Republican's annual "Faith and Freedom Barbecue."

CNN's Peter Hamby, who first reported the news, writes: "It’s Rubio’s first trip to South Carolina, which holds a pivotal presidential primary every four years, since he addressed a South Carolina GOP banquet in 2012. Much of Rubio’s political activity this year has been geared toward helping Republicans take back the Senate in 2014. But this trip appears more directly aimed at shoring up support on his right flank ahead of a possible presidential bid next year."

The Aug. 25 BBQ is hosted by Rep. Jeff Duncan.

Rubio's political team has South Carolina roots. Rubio went to New Hampshire in May.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:21am]


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