You couldn't turn a crooked corner around Charleston on Thursday without bumping into one of the state's top-tier politicians.

From Ladson to Mount Pleasant and from downtown Charleston to West Ashley, some of the state's highest elected political figures were in town pressing the flesh or otherwise talking to voters during the August dog days.

Why now?

Two reasons: First, the U.S. Congress is on its five-week summer break, and some of those who were elected to go to Washington all picked Thursday to honor various speaking engagements scheduled back home.

Secondly, it's an election year, and the two leading candidates for governor had overlapping statewide stump tours that brought them into the Lowcountry.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley pressed her pro-business credentials at the Streit USA armored car plant in Ladson where she celebrated her endorsement by the S.C. Chamber of Commerce - a group that backed her Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen four years ago.

Sheheen, meanwhile, held a roundtable with local teachers and parents at a restaurant in West Ashley on his push to improve public education via his "Back to School, Back to Basics" plan.

Neither side wants to surrender any media market.

Back on the federal level, it was equally a busy day for those in the South Carolina D.C. delegation.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford addressed The Exchange Club of Charleston at The Citadel's alumni center, where he explained his vote against the emergency funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke at the Small Business Lunch at Halls Chophouse in Charleston, where immigration and the world terror crisis were among his topics.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, meanwhile, was more out of the limelight, speaking low-key to groups of ministers in Mount Pleasant about parts of the world facing humanitarian crisis levels.