Post and Courier on the campaign trail

Donald Trump (left) watches as Ted Cruz speaks during a CNN Republican presidential debate. The candidates descend on South Carolina on Wednesday ahead of the S.C. presidential primaries.

The opening kickoff of primary season 2016 in South Carolina starts Wednesday morning with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s town hall appearance in Bluffton at 11:15 a.m. and will end long after dark with Donald Trump holding a rally at Clemson University at 7 p.m.

In between will be a succession of stops around the state from the coast to the mountains by Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Marco Rubio.

One Republican candidate who will not be in South Carolina on Wednesday is Chris Christie. After a lackluster showing Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, the New Jersey governor reportedly decided to head back to New Jersey and not go to South Carolina to campaign, according to CNN and

For opening day, The Post and Courier will cover each appearance across South Carolina, producing live stories, Tweets and video at each stop.

So far, only the Republican side of the aisle has announced appearances, leaving Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton yet to report their immediate South Carolina events.

Listed below are the schedules of the candidates provided by the campaigns as of Tuesday evening, along with the names and Twitter handles of Post and Courier reporters assigned to each event.

As the campaigns are perpetually altering their schedules, there may be adjustments made throughout the day.

11:15 a.m. Hilton Head rally, The Pavilion, 114B Sun City Lane, Bluffton.

3:30 p.m. Charleston County town hall, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Visitor Center, Cooper River Room, 99 Harry M. Hallman Junior Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

6:30 p.m. Murrells Inlet town hall, VFW Post #10420 4359 U.S. Highway 17, Murrells Inlet.

Reporter: Paul Bowers. On Twitter: @paul_bowers

6 p.m. Attending fundraiser at private home on Meeting Street in Charleston’s historic district. (Closed event.)

Reporter: Melissa Boughton. On Twitter: @mboughtonPC

11:30 a.m. Myrtle Beach rally, Ground Zero, 904 Chester St., Myrtle Beach.

Reporter: Deanna Pan. On Twitter: @DDpan

Noon Charleston County town hall, Finn’s Brick Oven, 656 Long Point Road, Belle Hall Shopping Center, Mount Pleasant.

2:30 p.m. Auto Ad veteran job creation event, 7 Radcliffe St., Suite 201, Charleston.

4:30 p.m. Nucor employee town hall and tour, Nucor Steel, Huger. (Open to the press but closed to the public.)

Reporter: David Slade. On Twitter: @DSladeNews

Noon Spartanburg rally, Spartanburg Marriott, 299 North Church St.

Reporter: Gavin Jackson. On Twitter: @GavinJackson PC

3 p.m. Columbia rally, Colubia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.

Reporter: Cynthia Roldan. On Twitter: @CynthiaRoldan

6:15 p.m. Charleston area rally (Rubio will not be attending; due back in Washington for Senate action on North Korea sanctions. U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy will lead the event), North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Drive.

Reporter: Deanna Pan. On Twitter: @DDpan

7 p.m. rally, Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Arena, 1101 West Queen St., Pendleton.

Reporter: Maya Prabhu. On Twitter: @MayaTPrabhu