Candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States descended on Columbia leading up to the state's "First in the South" primary election on Feb. 29. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders kicked things off with a midday rally Friday in Finlay Park accompanied by such dignitaries as Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, actor Danny Glover, mayors Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Gus Newport, and campaign co-chair Nina Turner. Later that night, billionaire (and bulk mail enthusiast) Tom Steyer attempted to rally his base with an event at Allen University featuring such participants as state Sen. John Scott Jr, Louisiana rapper Juvenile, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

On Saturday morning, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren hosted a “Get Out the Vote” event for canvassers at the Eau Claire Print Building off North Main Street. But the day belonged to former Vice President Joe Biden, who grabbed a decisive win after a critical endorsement from House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, celebrating with supporters at the University of South Carolina Volleyball Center.

Voters came out to places such as Martin Luther King Park, Earlewood Park, and Greenview Park in Columbia to cast their ballots. — Thomas Hammond