Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is headlining a fundraiser Friday night for the congressional campaign of South Carolina state Rep. Tim Scott (R). Tickets for the event start at $500 a piece. 

Even though Scott is not expected to have a tough race in November, national Republicans see him as a rising star and have showered him with attention this cycle. Scott is running in an overwhelmingly Republican district and would be the party's only black congressman if elected this fall. 

Gingrich was also scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for the South Carolina GOP earlier Friday. A potential Republican presidential candidate in 2012, this is Gingrich's second visit to the state since April.