- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton is headlining what the South Carolina Republican Party calls its largest and most prestigious gathering.

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore announced Monday the U.S. senator will be the main speaker at the party’s 49th annual Silver Elephant Dinner on May 6.

Ticket costs range from $40 for one ticket to $250 for two, plus a photo.

Cotton is an Army veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served one term in the U.S. House before being elected to the Senate in 2014.

Last year’s speaker was Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

The previous four were among those wanting to be the 2016 Republican presidential nominee: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

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