COLUMBIA — With just five days left until the South Carolina GOP primary, five of the six remaining Republican presidential candidates will be on the campaign trail hoping to court voters.
What’s different today is that George W. Bush will return to the campaign trial for the first time since he left the presidency. Bush will join his brother, Jeb, at a campaign rally that is expected to draw perhaps thousands at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m.
How often George W. Bush will join Jeb Bush for the remaining five days until the primary is unclear. The Bush campaign has not released any information on additional appearances for George W. Bush.
Before then, field frontrunner Donald Trump will hold an event in Mount Pleasant at noon at the Holiday Inn, 250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. He’s also holding a press conference at 2:30 p.m., but details are scarce as to where and why. He’ll then head for a rally at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, which starts at 7 p.m.
The remaining three candidates are spending the day throughout the rest of the state.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will hold multiple town halls. He starts the day at 8 a.m., in Rock Hill at the Baxter Hood Center, 375 South Anderson Road. He’ll continue at another at 1:10 p.m., in Florence at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, 201 South Dargan St. Rubio’s last town hall will be in Gilbert at 6 p.m., at Harmon’s Tree Farm, 3152 Augusta Road.
Ben Carson will also hold a town hall in Lancaster at the Carolina Christian Academy School Gymnasium, 1850 Kershaw Camden Highway at 2 p.m.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will hold two rallies and swing by a retail stop as well. His day starts at 11 a.m., in Aiken at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, 375 Robert M. Bell Parkway. He’ll stop at 3 p.m., at the Ten Eleven Galleria, 1011 Broad St., Camden. Cruz will end his day with a rally in Florence at 6 p.m., at Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology, 1951 Pisgah Road.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is spending his day in the Great Lakes State, courting Michigan voters in several town halls throughout the day.
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