You betcha: Sarah Palin's book tour coming to Columbia

Palin's last appearance in Columbia with then-candidate Nikki Haley
Palin's last appearance in Columbia with then-candidate Nikki Haley

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sarah Palin will again skip some of the nation's biggest cities for her next book tour, but she will make a stop in Columbia.

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor will be on the road from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, with a break for Thanksgiving, to promote "American by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag." The book comes out Nov. 23 and is her first since her memoir, "Going Rogue."

Palin's appearance in Columbia will be at the Sandhills Books-A-Million at 6:00pm on December 3.

As with "Going Rogue," Palin will not make appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco or other cities where Democrats are more in favor. She will spend little time on either coast.

The tour begins in Phoenix, in the home state of her 2008 running mate, John McCain. Other stops include Andover, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Brentwood, Tenn.

Palin's last appearance in the Palmetto State was in May, when she endorsed Nikki Haley for governor. Haley credited Palin's support as being a major influence on her victory.

Palin is the best-known and most divisive potential candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. In the wake of her high-profile role in endorsing candidates all over the country, 46 percent of Americans view her favorably, 49 percent unfavorably, and 5 percent don't know enough about her to form an opinion.

An analysis of South Carolina exit poll data by The Associated Press finds more than 80 percent of those identifying themselves as Republicans on Election Day say they have a favorable opinion of the former Alaska governor. But only 25 percent say they would like to see her win the nomination.

No Republican has won the GOP nomination since 1980 without winning the state's primary.

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