COLUMBIA — To the surprise of many and disappointment of others, Gov. Nikki Haley announced Wednesday she was endorsing Marco Rubio for president.
Haley joins U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and Upstate Congressman Trey Gowdy as the most visible South Carolina politicians to go with Rubio.
Gowdy said in a written statement that Haley, like Rubio, understands the American Dream.
“She knows Marco is the one candidate in this race with real solutions to ensure each and every one of us has a chance to live their own American Dream,” Gowdy said. “As more voters get to know Marco, they will see he is the only candidate who can unify the Republican party and unify the nation.”
Scott, who spoke with The Post and Courier’s Emma Dumain before Haley’s endorsement was official, said:
“I am certainly strongly supportive of Marco and I hope that the rumors that I’ve heard about the Governor coming on board are actually true. I haven’t seen them confirmed yet but I’m excited about all people joining the Marco momentum.”
Meanwhile, back at the Statehouse, State Sen. Tom Davis started year two of his filibuster against the roads funding bill up for debate in the Senate.
Where are the candidates today?
8:30 a.m.: Meet and Greet. Pee Dee’s Farmers Market, 2513 West Lucas St.
11:45 a.m.: Town Hall. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia.
5:30 p.m.: Town Hall. The Magnolia Room, 4017 Laurel Creek Drive, Rock Hill.
11:15 a.m.: Speaking engagement with students. Garden City Preparatory Academy for Boys, 908 Willington Road.
12 p.m.: “Bridging the Gap” Town Hall. South Carolina State University, Engineering and Computer Science Complex Auditorium, 300 College St., Northeast.
7 p.m.: Speaking at the Conservative Convention, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N. Academy St., Greenville.
12 p.m.: Speaking at Republican Women’s Club. Poinsett Club, 807 East Washington St., Greenville.
3 p.m.: Easley Retail Stop, Mutts BBQ, 1020 Powdersville Road.
9 p.m.: Speaking at the Conservative Convention. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N. Academy St., Greenville.
9:30 a.m.: Volunteer Launch. 615 Johnnie Dodd Blvd, Suite 102, Mount Pleasant.
2:15 p.m.: Town Hall. Strom Thurmond Institute, 230 Kappa St., Clemson.
6 p.m.: Town Hall. Sun City Carolina Lakes at The Pavilion near the Lake House, 1353 Del Webb Blvd., Fort Mill.
9 a.m.: Campaign rally. Swamp Rabbit Crossfit, 25 Peden St., Greenville.
12:30 p.m.: Campaign rally. Hilton Garden Inn, 115 Destination Blvd., Anderson.
8 p.m.: Speaking at the Conservative Convention. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N. Academy St., Greenville.
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Haley: ‘Let’s make Marco Rubio the next president of the United States’ (The Post and Courier)
CNN Republican Town Hall offers calmer venue to discuss issues (The Greenville News)
Donald Trump Falls Behind Ted Cruz in National NBC/WSJ Poll (NBC News)
Cruz campaign will air ad ‘with greater frequency’ after cease-and-desist request from Trump (The Post and Courier)
Carson says he’s staying in campaign for Nevada caucuses (The Post and Courier)
In Walterboro, Trump digs in against Mexico and China (The Post and Courier)
Onlookers tell Bush not to let rivals distract from message (The Post and Courier)
In Mount Pleasant, Marco Rubio makes his case as GOP party unifier (The Post and Courier)
Stephen Colbert grills John Kasich (The Plain Dealer)
When voting in the primaries, it’s one or the other (The Greenville News)
Davis continues his roads filibuster for another year (The Post and Courier)
Property-tax relief on renewable energy systems moves forward (Bluffton Today)
Anderson, Oconee DSS caseloads ‘startling’ (The Greenville News)
Legislator pressured DNR to approve road without protections for black bears, attorney says (The State)
Lawsuit aims to stop resettlement of refugees to South Carolina (The Greenville News)
Plan for tighter dam safety law draws questions, criticism (The State)