Presidential hopefuls coming to South Carolina Democrat’s state convention

COLUMBIA, S.C. — State Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison announced on Friday that former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will be attending the party’s Democratic Weekend, April 24-25 in Columbia and speaking at the party’s State Convention.

Chafee announced Thursday that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider running for the Democratic nomination for president, Harrison said in a news release.

“As the ‘First in the South’ Primary for the Democratic Party, we are looking forward to visits from all of the potential presidential candidates, and hearing them share their vision to continue growing our nation’s economy, ending inequality of all kinds, and investing in our children’s future,” Harrison said.

Chafee will be joined at the state convention on April 25 by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also seriously considering a run for the party’s nomination, David “Mudcat” Saunders, who will be appearing on behalf of former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close friend and supporter of announced presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

On Friday, April 24, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is to be the keynote speaker at the party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

The convention will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. For more information, visit