South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) will endorse former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's (R) presidential campaign, Huntsman said Monday.

Huntsman said that Wilson, the son of U.S. Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonObama said his 'initial instinct' during '09 outburst from Joe Wilson was to 'smack this guy on the head' Democrats raise alarm about new US human rights priorities Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez defeats Valerie Plame in New Mexico primary MORE (R), will make his endorsement at a 10:30 a.m. event in Columbia, S.C.


"Alan Wilson, who is the great conservative AG here in South Carolina … will be coming out to announce his support today," Huntsman said in an interview on Fox News previewing the announcement. "I like our chances in South Carolina, this is just the beginning."

Huntsman's seen as occupying a relative centrist position in the Republican field, and has focused his campaign on the primary contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida, where his campaign is headquartered. Though Huntsman's had trouble gaining traction in polls, Republicans on the ground praise his ground game in the Palmetto State, where former Attorney General Henry McMaster (R) is helping to run his campaign.

Huntsman, the former ambassador to China, has looked to rejuvenate his campaign with more public appearances and pointed rhetoric toward his competitors for the Republican nomination. He will lay out his jobs plan on Monday during a speech in New Hampshire — before President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are set to give own speeches on jobs, both of which are expected next week.

"We're going to talk about the most important issues this country faces today, which is creating jobs and expanding our economic base," Huntsman said.

—Updated 9:13 a.m.