A third Republican presidential candidate is coming to Virginia.

Presidential candidate Herman Cain (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

The gala, which has drawn big names such as former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in past years, is expected to attract 1,000 people.

Last month, Cain overwhelmingly won a Florida GOP straw poll, and in a recent Washington Post poll he tied with Texas Gov. Rick Perry for second place, with 16 percent.

Last month, Perry visited Liberty and headlined a fundraiser for the state GOP attended by more than 1,000 Republican activists. Last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke to 10,000 at Liberty, the school founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell.