Palmetto Sunrise: Marco Rubio schedules eight post-New Hampshire stops in South Carolina this week

Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio has eight campaign stops scheduled across South Carolina beginning Wednesday in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

COLUMBIA — Last week’s third-place Iowa Republican caucus finisher Sen. Marco Rubio has scheduled eight campaign stops on South Carolina starting Wednesday, the day after the New Hampshire primary.

The U.S. senator from Florida’s performance in Iowa was considered by many pundits to give him momentum going into the next few weeks. Rubio’s polling in New Hampshire jumped 6 percentage points after Monday’s caucuses and he received several endorsements from Lowcountry state and local elected officials, including Charleston Sen. Larry Grooms.

Rubio also secured Sen. Tim Scott’s endorsement last week and previously received Upstate Congressman Trey Gowdy’s approval.

However, political pundits say Rubio’s performance in Saturday night’s Republican debate may have hurt him after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tripped up Rubio by calling him out in real time for his reliance on rehearsed talking points.

Rubio’s scheduled appearances in South Carolina on Wednesday include rallies in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston.

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Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is launching a “get out the vote” program at historically black colleges and universities across the state, including planned visits from campaign surrogates including actors Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox and Sean Patrick Thomas.

The program includes Benedict College, Clinton College, Claflin University, Denmark Technical College, Morris College, South Carolina State University, and Voorhees College.

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The S.C. Education Oversight Committee meets Monday afternoon where members will hear an evaluation of state-funded full-day 4K for fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

Other agenda topics include reports on academic standards and assessments, public awareness and improvement mechanisms.

Check out some headlines you may have missed this weekend:

In sums large and small, South Carolina Republicans in on the campaign money game (The Post and Courier)

In South Carolina, success at the polls often starts at the pulpit (The Post and Courier)

Law would add up to three years to inmate’s sentence if guilty of indecent exposure (The Post and Courier)

Donald Trump says he’s ‘fine’ with S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley endorsing someone else (The Post and Courier)

Trump Lead Widens in New Hampshire; Sanders Ahead in CNN-WMUR Poll (Bloomberg News)

For some SC women, Hillary Clinton’s draw of history has less appeal (The State)

Trump’s draft deferments could become an issue in South Carolina (CNN)

Upstate lawmaker pushing bill allowing nonviolent offenders to attend family funerals (The Post and Courier)

“I Am Ready To Roll Right Into South Carolina,” Says Post-Debate Chris Christie (Buzzfeed)

Gun Sense SC aims to recruit in Columbia (The State)

A review of the Savannah River Site MOX project before Obama’s budget rollout (Aiken Standard)

Clinton calls Flint water crisis ‘immoral’ in break from NH (The Associated Press)

Obama to deliver 2017 budget to Congress, GOP leaders plan to draft their own (FOX News)

Bush campaign manager warns aides to watch for ‘dirty tricks’ from Rubio camp (POLITICO)

With A Little Help From Larry David, Bernie Sanders Does SNL (NPR)

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