Washington (CNN) - At least eight Republican state legislators will gather on the steps of the South Carolina State House Wednesday to launch an effort to draft Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, into the 2012 presidential race.
The announcement comes on the heels of a national "Draft Pence" effort - a group called "America's President Committee" - launched Monday by former Reagan administration official Ralph Benko and former Kansas Rep. Jim Ryun.
The South Carolina draft is a separate undertaking, but would help Pence build a grassroots network in the key early primary state should be decide to take the 2012 plunge.
Pence and his advisers have done little to tamp down speculation about a presidential bid, but the conservative congressman is also considering a bid for the Indiana governorship next year. He plans to make a decision about his future by the end of the month.