COLUMBIA — An exciting weekend for South Carolina’s Democrats has arrived.
The First in the South Presidential Candidates Forum is today, and that means Democratic Presidential Candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley will be swinging by the Palmetto State.
The South Carolina Democratic Party, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the DNC’s Southern Regional Caucus and Southern Democratic State Parties are all playing host to the event at Winthrop University in Rock Hill at 8 p.m.
Both Clinton and Sanders will also stick around through Saturday. Clinton is expected to participate in the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus’s Town Hall Event at Claflin University in Orangeburg at 1:15 p.m., Saturday. She will later deliver the keynote address at SC Equality’s “An Evening With Hillary” Dinner in Columbia at 7 pm.
Sanders starts his Saturday speaking at the 2015 Southern Regional Meeting of the National Federation of Democratic Women in Rock Hill at 9:30 a.m. He stops in Columbia at 2 p.m. for the Candidate Committee Press Conference at the Columbia Conference Center, before making his way to Aiken for a Town Hall Meeting at the USC Aiken Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
Forum seen as critical test for Bernie Sanders with black voters (The Post and Courier)
A look at Clinton, O’Malley and Sanders on the issues (The Herald)
Maddow shows the love to Rock Hill, Winthrop during live show (The Herald)
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Lowcountry officers killed in the line of duty added to Statehouse memorial (The Post and Courier)
Supreme Court gives lawmakers more time to come up with education fix (The Post and Courier)
Police searching for suspect in Coastal Carolina University student’s shooting death (The Sun News)
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Clinton is the Democratic candidate to beat in SC (The Greenville News)
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Fox Business debate clips four GOP candidates, and sends campaigns reeling (The Washington Post)
There’s a reason Bush, Kasich and other establishment Republicans aren’t gaining traction (Politico)
Bush and Trump Have Put a Surging Rubio on Defense (Bloomberg)
Group backing Marco Rubio faces another campaign finance complaint (Tampa Bay Times)