Donald Trump is making his first foray into South Carolina as he gauges support for a 2012 presidential bid.
Columbia Tea Party founder Allen Olson said Wednesday that the developer and "Apprentice" star will headline a May 19 event on the Statehouse steps in Columbia.
Last month a group called Draft Trump 2012 announced that Conway lawyer Scott Royce would lead Trump's efforts in South Carolina.
Olsen said the developer will headline an awards event that will recognize Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, legislators and conservative activists.
Haley previously said Trump had called her in March and was serious about a presidential bid.
Trump won't be at the GOP's first presidential debate in Greenville on Thursday.