(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will formally announce her re-election bid Aug. 26, her spokesman confirmed in a Tweet Monday morning.
Haley's planned announcement was first reported by The Greenville News in an article Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey tweeted Monday.
The first-term Republican governor and her early primary state are fast-becoming a popular rallying point in the wider 2016 windup. Haley will make her reelection announcement at the same high-priced fundraising event in Greenville, South Carolina where three potential Republican contenders for the next presidential election will be "special guests."
Haley will be joined onstage at her fundraiser by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry was an early contender in the 2012 Republican primaries for president and Walker and Jindal are both teasing runs this time.
National Democrats have also weighed in heavily on the South Carolina governor's race. Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, both thought to be 2016 presidential candidates, have already been to South Carolina to campaign and fundraise for Haley's challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.
Sheehen is well behind Haley in fundraising, with about half a million dollars in his war chest to the governor's $2.5 million. The two fought a tight election campaign in 2010, with Haley edging out Sheehen by less than five points.