Live coverage of South Carolina’s Democratic primary

Supporters for Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders gather during the annual Blue Jamboree on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Jenkins Orphanage in North Charleston. File/Staff

The moment of truth has arrived.

The two Democratic candidates vying for the presidency have held rallies, kissed babies, taken selfies and made their case in South Carolina.

And now, they must wait to find out if it worked.

Polls opened 7 a.m. Saturday across South Carolina for the Democratic primary. The Republicans had their turn last weekend.

Today, South Carolina voters can choose between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Voters will have until 7 p.m. to decide. That’s when the polls close. [Find your polling place.]

We will be bringing you live coverage throughout the day and into the night. Check back to postandcourier.com for updates.

Invigorated by a black vote that rejected her eight years ago for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton breezed to an easy win in the South Carolina Democratic primary, burying a challenge by Sen. Bernie Sanders who was forced to concede the state early and seek his battles elsewhere.

[Read more: Clinton wins South Carolina primary in a finish decided early]

7:05 p.m. That’s all folks

The polls are closed. The day is done. The “I voted” sticker might not be so sticky now. Check back to postandcourier.com to find out who will take South Carolina tonight. Thanks for tuning in with us today.

6:59 It’s the final countdown

It call comes down to the next 60 seconds, y’all.

The Associated Press reports black voters might make up a larger share of the electorate in the South Carolina Democratic primary than they did in 2008.

Early exit polls suggest about 6 in 10 voters are black.

6:55 p.m. Tick tock, tick tock

Polls close in 5 minutes.

Polls close at 7 p.m. If you are still standing in line when polls close, you can still vote.

Post and Courier Quality of Life Editor Stephanie Harvin tweeted there were no lines for voting at Johns Island. Handy reminder:

Absentee voters in South Carolina, you just broke a record.

According to the South Carolina State Election Commission, approximately 54,000 absentee ballots were cast Saturday - setting a new record for absentee ballots cast in a Democratic presiential primary.

The last record was in 2008, when 35,000 absentee ballots were cast.

Todd Billman, deputy director of Dorchester County Board of Elections, said Saturday afternoon that hopes for a spike in voter turnout didn’t happen in the afternoon.

“It’s been kind of steady to slow,” Billman said.

However, the voting rush, he said, is yet to come.

“What we normally do see is something closer to the end of the day when people start realizing they don’t have much time left to vote,” Billman said.

Billman said Dorchestery County polling sites are hoping to average around 15-20 percent voter turnout, but he’s not optimistic they will.

“I just want everyone to come out and vote,” he said.

One good sign? They did run out of the large “I voted” stickers.

“We had to give out the small stickers instead,” he said.

The size of a woman’s political signs were called into question Saturday afternoon at the Mitchell Elementary precinct.

Poll managers at Mitchell Elementary threatened to call the police if Omavic McMurray doesn’t move her signs.

The signs in question said, “#DoTheRightThing Spike Lee endorses Bernie” in white lettering on a black sign.

It wasn’t so much the content of the signs, though, that concerned poll workers at the time.

Reporter Christina Elmore tweeted the issue was about where the signs were located.

According to South Carolina law, it is unlawful to distribute any type of campaign literature or place any political posters within 200 feet of a polling place entrance on an election day.

McMurray told poll workers that she measured the distance of her signs before propping them against her car.

Poll workers called the police to resolve the dispute.

After speaking with poll managers, the officer just gave McMurray the all clear.

He said her car, with signs draped on it, is legally parked and was 200 feet from the door.

After winning her battle, McMurray then went back to painting more signs.

Berkeley County Board of Elections director Adam Hammons said polling sites in Berkeley didn’t see too much of a voting rush around lunchtime today.

“We haven’t really noticed any uptick this afternoon,” Hammons said. “I would say turnout has been light, but steady.”

Hammons said they prepared for this kind of turnout, and staffed about 300 people to work the polls Saturday.

“In terms of preparation, we didn’t change anything. We’ve got the same amount of equipment, the same amount of poll workers,” he said, confirming that, yes, they even had the same amount of “I voted” stickers on hand.

Adam McLean, 35, told reporter Christina Elmore Saturday afternoon that he cast his vote for Sanders.

“I think he has a powerful vision,” McLean said, adding that he thinks Sanders has “an authenticity.”

Aaron Holly, 26, told reporter Christina Elmore that he voted for Sanders this afternoon.

“I really like his message,” he said, citing wages, environmental concerns and other issues.

Reporter Christina Elmore has learned roughly 512 votes have been cast so far at Mitchell Elementary, which is located on peninsular Charleston.

Charleston County Board of Elections Director Joe Debney said one of his commissioners reported voting sites along the entire peninsula have been seeing strong voter turnout.

But, elsewhere?

“We’ve had some locations that have bad really light turnout,” Debney said.

Debney added some of the thinking is that the precincts that did not see heavy turnout for the Republican primary will see heavy turnout for the Democratic primary.

Light last weekend, around 700 people have been staffed to work the election in Charleston County.

“Just remember to bring the appropriate identification to the polls,” Debney said.

To cast a ballot today, voters are required to bring one of five forms of identification to their polling place. Those forms of identification are:

S.C. driver’s license

S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ID card

S.C. Voter Registration Card with photo

Federal military ID

U.S. passport

According to Google Trends, residents in South Carolina have some very specific questions about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Here’s the questions you’ve been Googling in the past week.

1. Is Hillary Clinton running for President?

2. How old is Hillary Rodham Clinton?

3. What did Hillary Clinton’s emails say?

4. How tall is Hillary Clinton?

5. What does Hillary Clinton stand for?

1. What does Bernie Sanders believe?

2. Where is Bernie Sanders today?

3. Is Bernie Sanders a Democrat?

4. What does Bernie Sanders want to do?

5. Is Bernie Sanders a socialist or a social democrat?

Reporter Christina Elmore spoke with Amber Widner at Trident Tech. Widner said she agreed with him the most.

“I agreed with 90 percent of his views,” the 23-year-old said.

Reporter Christina Elmore found out a mere 43 votes have been cast so far at North Charleston’s precinct 28. Polls opened at 7 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton planned to talk about his wife’s qualifications for president Friday in Bluffton, S.C., but protesters had other ideas.

One protester, who identified himself only as a marine, said Hillary Clinton lied about what happened in the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

As the exchange continued, Bill Clinton said, “... I’m not your commander-in-chief anymore, but I were, I’d tell you to be more polite and to sit down.”

[Read more: Bill Clinton ambushed by Benghazi protesters in Bluffton]

Reporter Christina Elmore reports 659 votes have been cast at the Deer Park precinct.

Combined with the Ladson Elementary precinct, both have seen roughly 1,195 voters so far out of the precinct’s total 5,455.

Reporter Christina Elmore also spoke with Norman Wayne, Jr. at the Ladson Elementary polling site. Wayne, 26, told Elmore that Clinton got his vote today. “She’s been in office before,” he said. “She’s for me.”

Reporter Christina Elmore spoke with voter Nathan Stanley at Ladson Elementary. He said he voted for Sanders because he’s for the masses. “I like his views and what he’s said so far,” Stanley said.

Reporter Christina Elmore reports about 530 voters have cast their ballot at Ladson Elementary today. Poll managers told her that’s about 5.6 percent of the precinct.

Jason Perkey, Executive Director of the South Carolina Democratic Party, tweeted 56,679 absentee ballots were issued in this year’s Democratic primary, adding that 93 percent of them were returned. He also said absentee voting numbers are much higher than 2008, which saw approximately 35,000 absentee ballots. “To early to say if it’s a sign of overall turnout,” he tweeted.

Berkeley County Elections Director Adam Hammons said turnout is going as his office expected.

“Turnout is light, from what we know. We’ve had a smaller amount of call volume than we had this time last week,” he said. “We’ve had no real confusion about people going to the wrong place or anything like that.”

Hammons said his staff had prepared for fewer people today in large part due to the types of voter in Berkeley County.

“Berkeley tends to be more Republican-leaning,” he said.

If you have an absentee ballot in your possession, you can still vote. To make sure your vote counts, you’ll need to turn in into your County Elections Office by 7 p.m. tonight.

A closer look at the Clemson University Palmetto Poll doesn’t actually get us any closer to finding out what Democrats like best about their presidential pick.

A whopping 64 percent of voters said what they like most about their first choice for president is the oh-so-cryptic answer: “Other.”

What we do know from this poll is that 9 percent of voters said they most liked a candidate that “shares my values.”

The next most popular responses were that “cares about people like me” and “strong leader for the country.”

Dorchester County Board of Elections reports no lines, a smooth opening and no problems Saturday morning.

The only thing that seems to be missing is voters.

“We’ve been seeing a very light turnout,” said Todd Billman, deputy director of Dorchester County Board of Elections. “We’re hoping that as the morning goes on, we’ll get a couple more people coming out to vote on this nice day.”

But Billman admits that sunshine could be both a blessing and a curse for turnout today, too.

“Rain keeps people away, but sunny days keep people at the beach,” he said.

Charleston County Board of Elections Director Joe Debney said Saturday morning that voting seems to be running smoothly in Charleston County.

Though he said some people were lined up to vote at 7 a.m. when polls opened, he Debney said it’s too early to say whether they will see record-breaking voter turnout.

“It seems to be going really well,” Debney said.

When staffing for the primary, Debney looked to the 2008 presidential primary.

During that election, Debney said Charleston County saw a 27 percent voter turnout.

“That’s how we based all of our pollworker numbers and all of the machines we have out,” he said.

For the first time in its history, the Clemson University Palmetto Poll has found that the candidate who was in the lead when they first surveyed voters in October 2015, remains in the leader in the February primary.

The recent Palmetto Poll is predicting a Clinton victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary today. In that survey, Clinton carries a 64 percent level of support among the 650 South Carolina voters Clemson University surveyed. While Sanders has a 14 percent level of support from voters surveyed, 22 percent of the survey participants respondents said they were still undecided.

While Clinton plans to be in Columbia, S.C. Saturday night, Sanders in scheduled to be in Texas and Minnesota.

For both Clinton and Sanders, the last day of campaigning in South Carolina was spent trying to get the support of young black voters. Sanders was at Claflin University while Clinton was at the nearby South Carolina State University. Both institutions are historically black colleges.

[Read more: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders make final pitches in S.C. at historically black colleges]

To cast a ballot today, voters are required to bring one of five forms of identification to their polling place. Those forms of identification are:

S.C. driver’s license

S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ID card

S.C. Voter Registration Card with photo

Federal military ID

U.S. passport

Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 and follow her on Twitter @MaryCaitlinByrd.

Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.