Washington (CNN) - A possible House vote on the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans could derail a trip by Rep. Mike Pence to South Carolina Wednesday.
A Republican source confirms to CNN that Pence is scheduled to headline, along with incoming Gov. Nikki Haley, a Wednesday night fundraiser in Columbia for the South Carolina Republican party, but says possible action that day by the House on the controversial tax cut proposal could force Pence to alter his plans.
Pence is considering a possible run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. South Carolina plays an important role in presidential politics, as it holds the first southern primary in the race for the White House.
The Republican congressman from Indiana's 6th Congressional District easily won re-election last month, beating his Democratic challenger by a more than a two to one margin. The third ranking House Republican then announced that he would step down at the end of the year from his leadership role as Republican Conference Chairman, sparking more speculation that Pence might be gearing up for a White House bid or a run for Indiana governor.
While Pence polls in the low single digits in most national surveys on a hypothetical 2012 GOP nomination match-up, he did create a lot of buzz by winning the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit in September.
Pence was last in South Carolina in May, when he headlined a fundraiser for fellow Republican Rep. Joe Wilson.
Pence's trip to South Carolina was first reported nationally by Politico.
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