Palmetto Sunrise: Huckabee, Christie to visit Columbia

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will make his second stop in Columbia since announcing he is seeking the Republican nomination for president. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

COLUMBIA — A presidential hopeful and another potential candidate will be making stops in the Midlands today, a day after the race for the Republican nomination became even more crowded.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Monday from his hometown of Central that he is running for the White House. Graham told the crowd he has more national security experience than any other candidate.

Today, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will stop by the First Citizen’s Café in downtown Columbia for a reception by the South Carolina House Republican Caucus at 5:30 p.m. Huckabee announced in May he’d seek the Republican nomination for president.

But before Huckabee arrives, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to participate in a Meet and Greet at the Liberty Tap Room in downtown Columbia at 4:30 p.m. The Leadership Matters for America PAC will be playing host to the event. Christie has yet to announce that he is officially seeking the Republican nomination.

The New Jersey Governor won’t immediately leave South Carolina. He’s scheduled for two more events, including meeting with Attorney General Alan Wilson later in the night. Christie will also spend Wednesday in the Upstate, swinging by Greenville first and later Spartanburg.

In other news:

South Carolina transportation director resigns (The Associated Press)

House budget panel looks at $220M more for roads (The Greenville News)

Bill to settle SC-NC border in limbo in S.C. House (The State)

Local schools could benefit from budget (The Times and Democrat)

SCE&G, Duke Energy propose new incentives for solar power (The Post and Courier)