COLUMBIA — Republican Carroll Campbell III has begun raising money and testing the waters for a 2010 GOP primary bid to replace U.S. Rep. Henry Brown.

Campbell told The Associated Press Tuesday that he was talking to donors and not ready to formally announce his plans.

Campbell said he's going to see how that goes before deciding on a bid to unseat Brown from his 1st District seat.

He is the son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, who is credited with much of the growth of South Carolina's Republican Party. He held the 4th District U.S. House seat for four terms and won the first of two terms as governor in 1986.

Meanwhile, Paul Thurmond says he's being encouraged to run, too. Thurmond is the son of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond.