Santorum heading to S.C. for speech at anti-abortion march

Rick Santorum will make his eighth trip to South Carolina on Saturday as the Pennsylvania Republican continues his courtship of conservatives while exploring a potential presidential bid.

Santorum will address an anti-abortion rally in Columbia on Saturday before traveling to Aiken to speak at a county GOP lunch on Monday, according to release. He'll also meet with local officials during the trip.

The former senator has moved to capture the attention of socially conservative Republicans in early primary states while his 2012 potential rivals for their support remain on the sidelines

Ahead of his trip to South Carolina, Santorum was in New Hampshire, where on Tuesday he launched a series of house parties hosted by former Senate candidate Ovide Lamontagne's Granite Oath PAC.

—Shane D'Aprile contributed to this post