Nikki Haley will attend an Aug. 16 fundraiser in Rock Hill, marking her first visit to York County since winning the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
About 315 people have signed up for the evening reception at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, and tickets are still available, said party chairman Glenn McCall. Prices start at $35 for individuals and $250 for sponsors.
McCall said he's hearing from many Republicans who have followed Haley's candidacy but haven't had an opportunity to see her in person.
Many will likely want Haley to sign copies of the July issue of Newsweek magazine that features the candidate on the cover, McCall said.
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"Folks really like her because she's new, she's not the establishment," McCall said. "She's bringing in a lot of folks who haven't been involved."
Haley, a Lexington County state representative, faces Democratic nominee Vince Sheheen in the Nov. 2 election.
A Rasmussen Reports poll released this week showed Haley leads by 14 percentage points based on responses from 500 likely voters in an automated telephone survey.
State Rep. Ralph Norman, a Rock Hill developer and manager of the Magnolia Room, backed Haley in the GOP primary.
Norman said he had 350 tickets printed for the event but might have to go higher based on demand.