- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Republicans are gearing up for their biggest weekend of the year.

On Friday, the state party holds its 48th Annual Silver Elephant Dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Center.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is scheduled to keynote the event. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are also slated to be there.

Gov. Nikki Haley and Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are also expected to attend the dinner, which honors the late South Carolina Gov. Jim Edwards.

On Saturday, South Carolina Republicans hold their annual state convention.

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