COLUMBIA — We’re just one day away from the South Carolina Republican primary.
The party’s presidential candidates are blitzing through the Palmetto State in hopes of picking up the support of undecided voters and solidifying the stance of others. Some polls earlier this week had as many as 30 percent of South Carolina’s likely Republican primary voters torn mainly between Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Marco Rubio.
Taylors resident Michael Wade, 54, was among those who had still not decided on Thursday. Wade, who attended a Rubio event Thursday morning, said he was swinging by as many events as possible.
“I’m not committed to any Republican candidate right now,” Wade said. “To me all of the Republican candidates — some of them are more liberal, others are more conservative — any of them are better than Hillary (Clinton) and Bernie (Sanders); whoever is their nominee.”
After Saturday, Republican presidential candidates will turn their attention to Nevada. And Democrats will turn their attention to South Carolina, leading up to the party’s primary on Feb. 27.
Where are the candidates today?
9:30 a.m.: Meet and Greet in Spartanburg. Wade’s Restaurant , 1000 N. Pine St.
12 p.m.: Meet and Greet in Greenville, The Kroc Community Center, 424 Westfield St.
6:45 p.m.: Campaign rally with Barbara Bush in Central. D. W. Daniel High School, 1819 6 Mile Hwy.
10:15 a.m.: Veteran’s Patriot Action Conference in North Charleston. Embassy Suites Charleston Convention Center, 5055 International Blvd.
3:30 p.m.: Town Hall in Florence. Florence Civic Center, 3300 W. Radio Drive.
9 a.m.: Campaign rally in Myrtle Beach. Springmaid Resort, 3200 S. Ocean Blvd.
12:45 p.m.: Campaign rally in Charleston. College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre, 66 George St.
10 a.m.: Town Hall in Columbia. The Hall at Senate’s End, 320 Senate St.
1 p.m.: Town Hall in Conway. Horry Georgetown Technical College, Building 1100 – 2050, U.S. 501.
6 p.m.: Campaign rally in Mount Pleasant. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road.
9 a.m.: Campaign rally in Columbia. Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St.
11:45 a.m.: Campaign rally on Pawleys Island. Lowcountry Preparatory School, 300 Blue Stem Drive.
2:15 p.m.: Campaign rally on Hilton Head Island. Signature Flight Support at the Hilton Head Airport, 52 Gateway Circle.
4:30 p.m.: Campaign rally in North Charleston. RB Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road.
7:30 p.m.: Campaign rally in Clemson. The Madren Conference Center Pavilion, 230 Madren Center Drive.
12 p.m.: Campaign rally in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach Sports Center, 2115 Farlow St.
3 p.m.: Campaign rally on Pawleys Island. Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club, 70 Tanglewood Drive.
7 p.m.: Campaign rally in North Charleston. Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Drive.
In other news:
Haley and Rubio: The GOP’s future? (The Post and Courier)
Clyburn to endorse Hillary Clinton (The Post and Courier)
Trump fires back at Pope Francis (The Post and Courier)
Barbara Bush could have been Jeb Bush’s ‘most powerful weapon’ (The Post and Courier)
Kasich rallies by saying he can best beat Clinton (The Post and Courier)
Saturday’s S.C. forecast: A record GOP turnout (The Post and Courier)
N. Charleston Mayor Keith Summey endorses Trump (The Post and Courier)
Trump Turns His Fire on Haley (The New York Times)
Trump, Clinton still leading in SC primaries (The State)
Rubio’s campaign releases new ad featuring Haley (The Post and Courier)
Trump talks Boeing, China and unions on SC campaign trail (The Post and Courier)
Loans, college affordability unifying issue for young voters (The Greenville News)
2nd place in SC GOP primary could have most impact (The Greenville News)
National media setting up camp around SC (The State)
Roads debate heads to week six (The Post and Courier)
S.C. bill would require department policy for officer-involved deaths (The Post and Courier)
SC bill would conceal lethal injection drug suppliers (Bluffton Today)
S.C. Senator throws monkey wrench at I-73 (The Greenville News)
Senate gives key approval to coal ash bill (The Greenville News)