Washington (CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, will travel to the early primary state of South Carolina later this month as she mulls a possible White House bid in 2012, CNN has learned.
The outspoken conservative and Tea Party favorite will address a South Carolina Federation of Republican Women lunch in Columbia on Feb. 19, Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairwoman LaDonna Ryggs told CNN Wednesday.
Bachmann will headline a fundraiser for the Spartanburg County Republican Party later that evening.
"She is obviously exploring her options and seeing what's out there," Ryggs told CNN.
It will be Bachmann's second trip to a key presidential nominating state this year. In January, she traveled to Iowa to headline an Iowans For Tax Relief event and met with top GOP officials in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
Correction: Bachmann will appear in Columbia and Spartanburg, not Greenville and Spartanburg as was originally reported.