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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will visit Iowa from December 15th to the 16th, according to the Des Moines Register. He'll give a speech on the 15th to the Quad-City Tea Party, and will also be meeting privately with activists and party leaders.

Santorum made previous stops to the first caucus state in March and August.

In the third-in-the-nation primary state, South Carolina, the gubernatorial transition is well under way. The Charleston Post and Courier reports today that Gov.-elect Nikki Haley will meet with the freshmen members of her state's U.S. House delegation (Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney and Tim Scott) as well as House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Rep. Joe Wilson and Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint.

Meanwhile, outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford tells The State in an interview that he doesn't know how he will earn a living after his term is up. "I’ve never been that organized. I guess that’s part of it. But the other thing is, it’s like running all the way through the finish line with the job at hand. And, then, I’ll figure it out," he says.

Sanford added that once Haley is sworn in, the first thing he plans on doing is getting "in the pickup and driving to the coast."