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DeMint announces invitees to forum

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint today announced that eight Republican candidates received invitations to his Labor Day presidential forum in Columbia, SC.

All invitees had to meet the minimum threshold of receiving five percent or more in the Real Clear Politics average of Republican primary polls by 1pm this afternoon. DeMint said in a statement that four have RSVP’d so far to the Palmetto Freedom Forum: Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, Rep. Ron Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney were also invited.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman were not invited, as they have not cleared the five percent minimum.

Today, Romney led the pack with 20.2 percent, followed by Perry with 18.4 and Palin with 10 percent. Bachmann, Paul, Cain and Gingrich are all in single digits, with Cain and Gingrich right at five percent.

Invitees have until Wednesday, August 24th at 5 pm to confirm their attendance at the forum, according to the statement, posted on the Palmetto Freedom Forum’s Facebook page.