Palmetto Sunrise: Cruz visits S.C. after Iowa win

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a caucus night rally, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz sealed a victory in the Republican Iowa caucuses, winning on the strength of his relentless campaigning and support from his party's diehard conservatives.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

COLUMBIA – High on his Iowa win, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz will stump in New Hampshire and Greenville today.

The Texas Republican’s heavy investment in Iowa and conservative base gave him an ironclad lead Monday that kept Donald Trump, who dislodged Cruz in Iowa polls, securely in second the entire night. Establishment candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., placed in a strong third in the caucuses—right on Trump’s heels like his campaign anticipated.

Rubio received a key endorsement from Sen. Tim Scott, this morning. Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s other U.S. senator, endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in mid-January.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa in 2008, ended his campaign after winning two percent Monday. His announcement came shortly after former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley ended his bid for the Democratic nomination.

Political pundits will be deciphering the Iowa results and Hillary Clinton’s narrow victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders as campaigns switch attention to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

After that, South Carolina will be ground zero for Republicans and Democrats ahead of their respective primaries on Feb. 20 and 27.

Doors open to the Cruz event at the TD Convention Center at 5:30 p.m., more information here. The venue was changed from an Anderson County high school due to scheduling issues, according to the Cruz camp.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign announced a slate of upcoming South Carolina events set over three days starting on Feb. 10.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who won Iowa in 2012 but received less support than Huckabee did on Monday, announced a 46-county tour of South Carolina starting Wednesday. Those plans may be in jeopardy now.

Reminder, the next GOP debate takes place a week before the first-in-the-South primary in Greenville. Ticket information can be found here.

Statehouse focus

The House and Senate gavel into session at noon today.

A Senate transportation panel will discuss moped legislation before the gavel at 10 a.m. After adjournment, senators will continue their roads funding discussion in the Senate Finance Committee meeting at 3 p.m. The full Senate Judiciary Committee will also meet at 3 p.m. to discuss a House ethics bill on the makeup of the State Ethics Commission and take up subcommittee reports.

Several subcommittees of the House Ways and Means Committee will continue to take up agency budget requests. The House Judiciary Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. or 90 minutes after adjournment, to take up changes to the state’s “stand your ground” law, among others.

Headlines on this Groundhog Day:

How Cruz did it (POLITICO)

How Sanders caught fire in Iowa and turned the Clinton coronation into a real race (The Washington Post)

For Emanuel AME Church, Nobel Peace Prize nomination a ‘phenomenal’ honor (The Post and Courier)

Presidential hopefuls will flock to South Carolina this month — and then not return (The Independent Mail)

Rubio surge nearly catches Trump (The Hill)

One more joins candidate field as filing closes for senate seat (Index-Journal)

Chelsea Clinton campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Upstate Saturday (The Greenville News)

Lawmakers, health groups launch ‘Healthier State House’ campaign (The Post and Courier)

Report: 34 percent of SC jobs are low-wage (The Greenville News)

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio are money race winners (CNN)

Manufacturing leaders cite bright future if workforce, policy challenges are addressed (The Post and Courier)

How to drop out of the presidential race (POLITICO)