Obama shuns South Carolina for, well, just about everywhere else

President Barack Obama has not visited South Carolina since he was running for office in 2008. On January 10 of that year, former candidate John Kerry endorsed Obama during a packed rally at the College of Charleston’s Cistern.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was so close to the South Carolina state line in 2012 that had his Secret Service agents been smart, they would have hopped over the border from Charlotte and into Fort Mill to buy the cheaper gas for the presidential limo, says a story posted on The State’s website.

Yet the Palmetto State – despite being home to historic Charleston, beautiful beaches and celebrated, albeit tortured, college sports – remains one of three states the president has not visited during his time in office. His avoidance appears to be a political calculation.

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