Ella Walton Richardson will be hosting a meet the candidate event at her art gallery from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The event will include light apps and wine, as well as a chance for Lowcountry Republicans to get to meet Nikki Haley.

The Lexington legislator is in a tough GOP primary race with three candidates who are better funded with better name recognition. But the recent exit of fellow second-tier candidate Larry Grooms puts more Lowcountry votes in play, particularly those looking for an alternative to the top three: Lt. Gov. André Bauer, Attorney General Henry McMaster, and Congressman Gresham Barrett.

Haley has already received a prize Lowcountry endorsement from