House Republican leader McCarthy will headline the South Carolina GOP’s top fundraising gala

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first on fox: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy The state is heading to South Carolina later this month for the keynote of the Republican Party’s annual fundraising gala.

McCarthy, a longtime Congressman from California, who will likely replace House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if Republicans, as expected, win back a majority in the chamber. mid-term elections in November South Carolina will headline the GOP’s Silver Elephant dinner. The state party first shared its plans with Fox News on Thursday.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, July 29 at the Convention Center in the state capital, Colombia.

The Silver Elephant Gala is the state party’s largest annual fundraiser, and it is the longest-running GOP event in South Carolina. High-profile national Republicans, such as McCarthy, are often the keynote speakers at dinner.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., questions reporters at the US Capitol on Friday, December 3, 2021 in Washington.
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Since there is a third competition in South Carolina of the Republican Party In the presidential nomination calendar, dinner can often attract White House candidates. Last year, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was seriously considering running the White House in 2024, made headlines for the gala.

But for McCarthy, dinner is all about this year’s election.

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Political allies of the minority leader say that his presence South Carolina The event can be seen as the start of an intense program of campaigning across the country for fellow Republicans as the party aims to gain a majority in the House.

“Leader Kevin McCarthy is an aggressive advocate for our party and our conservative candidates,” SCGOP President Drew McKisick told Fox News. “We can’t wait to welcome her to the Palmetto State, rally behind our shared principles and prepare to defeat the Democrats and retire Nancy Pelosi this November.”

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While the GOP lost majority control of the White House and Senate in the 2020 elections, House Republicans defied expectations and took a sizable bite from the majority of Democrats in the chamber.

The GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the 435-member house in the mid-term to win back the majority it lost in the 2018 elections.