Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is already getting some 2016 presidential buzz less than three months into his first term as senator, is headed to the all-important primary state of South Carolina.
Cruz will deliver the keynote address at the South Carolina GOP's Silver Elephant Dinner on May 3 in Columbia, S.C., his office confirmed to Post Politics.
The news was first reported by CNN's Peter Hamby.
While the next presidential race is still three years away, potential candidates are already making trips to key states. Vice President Biden will speak in South Carolina the same weekend as Cruz at a state Democratic Party event, and it was recently announced that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would visit Iowa the following weekend.
The speaker at last year's Silver Elephant Dinner was another potential 2016 candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
While the visit will undoubtedly stoke the Cruz-for-president talk, the dinner is also geared toward honoring former senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who recently left the Senate. Cruz appears to be the most natural successor for DeMint's brand of outspoken conservatism. DeMint also backed Cruz in his 2012 primary, in which he upset wealthy Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.