Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann met with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Sunday evening, seeking a key endorsement in the nomination race.

According to Politico, Bachmann dined and stayed at Haley's mansion in Columbia, South Carolina, hoping to limit Rick Perry's growing popularity with the Tea Party and his surge towards the top of the polls.

Later on Monday afternoon, Sen. Jim DeMint is scheduled to host a forum in the state featuring presidential candidates, according to the Associated Press. The forum is scheduled to feature Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul,

Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich. Rick Perry was scheduled to also take part, but had to decline because of growing wildfires in his state of Texas.