Palmetto Sunrise: Republican candidates continue campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who claimed second place behind Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, speaks to a capacity crowd at Finns Pizza in Mount Pleasant Wednesday February 10, 2016. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA — Continuing their push for South Carolina’s undecided Republicans, several candidates will be in the state Thursday courting voters for the second day in a row.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are scheduled to participate in the Carolina Values Summit at Winthrop University 6 p.m. Thursday. Former presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum is expected to be at the event as well, representing Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

The purpose of the summit is to have a conversation with the presidential candidates on key issues. The event is sold out, but more information about the summit is available on Eventbrite.

Cruz will leave the summit and head to a rally in Fort Mill later Thursday evening.

Rubio has scheduled to participate in three town hall events in Okatie, Myrtle Beach and Simpsonville Thursday. The Okatie town hall is limited to residents, relatives and friends.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also continues his quest for voters Thursday with town hall events in Florence and Sumter as well as an evening rally in Columbia on Thursday.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has town hall events scheduled Thursday in Georgetown, North Myrtle Beach and Florence.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will be in Louisiana Thursday, holding a rally in Baton Rouge.

The crowded field narrowed some Wednesday, with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ended their campaigns after finishing far down the ballot in New Hampshire.


A Senate Judiciary subcommittee will discuss a proposed bill that would charge someone who injures a law enforcement officers, emergency medical service provider or firefighter with assault and batter of a high and aggravated nature.

Another judiciary subcommittee will consider proposed legislation that creates domestic violence fatality review task forces across the state, which is similar to a House bill that moved to the floor Tuesday.

The Post and Courier’s coverage of Wednesday’s Republican candidates’ campaign stops across South Carolina:

Trump rides New Hampshire primary wave, draws 4,000 to Clemson rally

Kasich promises tax cuts, balanced budget while touring Charleston area

Bush touts military strength, ‘backbone’ on S.C. campaign trail

Cruz positions himself as the only candidate who can beat Trump at Myrtle Beach stop

Ben Carson: Eminent domain in Shem Creek could be ‘devastating’

Rubio stumps quickly through Columbia before heading back to D.C.

Rubio kicks off S.C. swing in Spartanburg

Other headlines making news this morning:

After pledging to stay neutral, Jim Clyburn weighs endorsing Clinton for president (The Post and Courier)

Senators debate changing agency providing road financing (The Greenville News)

House panel approves $40 million in flood aid for farmers (The State)

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Bill and Hillary Clinton will campaign in rural South Carolina this weekend (The Post and Courier)

Analysis: Trump proves GOP establishment can’t stop him (The Associated Press)

Marco Rubio, Control-Alt-Delete (POLITICO)

Congressional Black Caucus to Endorse Clinton Thursday (Bloomberg News)

Anti-Cruz group launches $1.5 million ad blitz in South Carolina (POLITICO)

Stripped of momentum, vulnerable Marco Rubio heads into South Carolina (Tampa Bay Times)

Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions (The Associated Press)

South Carolina Voting Demographics Are Vastly Different From New Hampshire, But It Might Not Matter (Bustle)

Stephen Colbert Grills Bernie Sanders: Isn’t This ‘Class Warfare?’ (The Daily Beast)

Campus calm before political storm lands in Aiken County (Aiken Standard)

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