Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will skip a South Carolina forum for presidential candidates hosted by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), scheduled for Labor Day.

Romney will spend the day in New Hampshire instead, a campaign official said Wednesday; the former Massachusetts governor has concentrated heavily on winning the first-in-the-nation primary.

Five candidates — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (Minn.), Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and businessman Herman Cain — are slated to attend the Sept. 5 American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum. DeMint organized it along with other state Republican officials and Iowa Rep. Steve King (R).

The event's seen as a major showcase for candidates in front of a Palmetto State audience, especially DeMint, whose endorsement would be influential in the state's primary.