Free to spend unlimited amounts of money, outside groups dropped more than $6 million last year to influence South Carolina’s elections, promoting their favorite candidates, attacking their political opponents and barraging voters with non-stop ads.

As Democratic presidential candidates descend on South Carolina ahead of of the state's "First in the South" 2020 primary, the hunt for influential supporters and staffers in the state has begun. Here's a list of some of the state's most coveted elected officials, operatives, party leaders and activists.

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