Palmetto Sunrise: The final Democratic push

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, greets supporters with her husband and former President Bill Clinton at Boyd Plaza in Columbia at 6 p.m. (AP Photo/John Locher)

COLUMBIA – Months of campaigning by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders culminates for South Carolina Democrats who, in less than 24 hours, will head to the polls.

The most recent polling data shows that Clinton still has a substantial 28-point lead over Sanders ahead of Saturday’s primary. An average of current polls puts Clinton at 57 points with Sanders with 33 points.

Voters are required to bring one of five forms of identification to their polling place in order to cast their ballot on Saturday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If a voter participated in the Republican Party primary last Saturday they can’t vote in the Democratic primary. Other information on voting can be found here.

Until then the Clinton family and Sanders, at times within close proximity of each other, will hold rallies across the state today.

Hillary Clinton:

- 3:15 p.m. Rally with Star Jones, K. Michelle and Karen Civil at Dukes Gymnasium at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

- 5 p.m. Solicitor David Pascoe’s annual oyster roast and fish fry, Orangeburg County Fairgrounds, 350 Magnolia St., Orangeburg. - 6 p.m. Doors open for rally with former President Bill Clinton at Boyd Plaza, 1515 Main St., Columbia.

- Saturday watch party, 7 p.m. at the USC Volleyball Center located at 1051 Blossom St. Columbia.

Bill Clinton:

- 11 a.m. Rally at Aiken High School, 449 Rutland Dr., Aiken.

- 3:15 p.m. Rally at Bluffton Recreation Center, 61 Ulmer Rd., Bluffton.

- 6 p.m. Doors open for rally with Hillary Clinton at Boyd Plaza, 1515 Main St., Columbia.

Chelsea Clinton:

- 10:30 a.m. College of Charleston Bully Pulpit Lecture Series, Stern Student Center room 205, 71 George Street, Charleston.

- 3:20 p.m. Forum with USC College Democrats, University of South Carolina, Capstone House (Capstone Conference Center Room), 900 Barnwell St., Columbia.

- 4:40 p.m. Women for Hillary campus organizing, Columbia College, Johnnie Cordell Breed Leadership Center for Women at 1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia.

- 5:55 p.m. Phone banking, Hillary for S.C. Columbia office, 110 Columbia NE Dr., Columbia.


- 3:30 p.m. Rally at the historically black Claflin University, Tullis Arena, Jonas T. Kennedy Physical Education Center, 400 Magnolia St., Orangeburg.

- 4 p.m. Rally and concert at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St., Columbia.

Rapper Killer Mike and former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner for Sanders:

- 10 a.m. Stroy’s Barber and Beauty Shop, 1319 Assembly St., Columbia.

- 10:45 a.m. Smoke’s Barber Shop, 5801 North Main St., Columbia.

- 11:30 a.m. Phlayva Cuts Barber and Beauty Shop, 6908 Two Notch Road, Columbia.

Today’s headlines:

11 most interesting moments of the GOP debate (POLITICO)

Gov. Nikki Haley won’t be on the road for Rubio this week but will in March (The Post and Courier)

Trident Technical College, MUSC included in House spending plan (The Post and Courier)

Farmer relief bill moves through S.C. House (The Post and Courier)

Class continues while Bill Clinton campaigns for wife (The Aiken Standard)

In Florence, Hillary Clinton focuses on gun violence and health care (The Morning News)

Bill to restrict dumping of coal ash heads to governor (The Greenville News)

Graham on Trump: ‘Nut job’ who likely wins GOP nomination (The Aiken Standard)

CNN struggles to contain debate fireworks (POLITICO)

Cruz, Rubio tag team in attacking Trump at GOP debate (The Washington Post)

SCSU loans forgiven in budget plan (The Times and Democrat)

‘In between’ turnout expected in S.C. Democratic primary (The Herald)