October 30th, 2007
08:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton, Obama file to get on the ballot in South Carolina

Barack Obama's campaign brought a high school marching band to file primary papers in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - The campaigns of senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama filed papers to get on the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary ballot Tuesday, leaving Sen. Joe Biden and Rep. Dennis Kucinich as the only remaining announced candidates to file papers with the state party.

A group of Clinton's in-state supporters filed papers on behalf of the campaign this morning, which included the $2,500 required to file before the Nov. 1 deadline.

In the afternoon, the Obama campaign sent their supporters to file papers, bringing with them a high school marching band on a school bus, a step team, a DJ, and Gospel choir.

The campaigns of former Sen. John Edwards, Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Chris Dodd and former Sen. Mike Gravel have already filed. South Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler said she expected Biden to file tomorrow.

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert has not filed.

The state Democratic party's executive council will meet Thursday to decide which candidates will be on the primary ballot. The South Carolina Democratic primary is scheduled for Jan. 26.

– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Stephen, NJ

    Obama 2008!

    October 30, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. W\

    Wasn't the idea of gaining the 3'000 petition votes required to obtain Democratic entry: so not limiting candidacy to the rich? While, campaign funds gained from the people of the Democratic party which are raised by the candidate for the sake of and for the behalf the Party entire, so with chance providing for a Party conglomerate foe but gaining a capital standing or rating with the Democratic Delegation. The States 3'000-plus democratic delegates then issuing single cadidate signatures until a plurality is reached to decide the final national majority status of Democratic preference pushed in the Electoral College vote.

    Would Colbert not be a better 'write-in' Cadidate by the Electoral College voters... Darth?

    October 30, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Wasn't the idea of gaining the 3′000 petition votes required to obtain Democratic entry: so not limiting candidacy to the rich; while, campaign funds gained from the people supporting the Democratic Party, which are raised by the candidates for the sake of and for the behalf the Party entire, which provides for that party, and so with chance a candidate would provide for the advancement a Party conglomerate foe while gaining a ‘raised capital’ standing or rating with the Democratic Delegation. The States 3′000-plus democratic delegates and other affiliate public members would then issue a single signature to a single candidate until a plurality is reached to decide the final national majority status as a Democratic preference to be pushed in the Electoral College vote.

    Would Colbert not be a better 'write-in' Candidate by the Electoral College voters?

    October 30, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Bavon Raliegh NC

    Do Obama and Clinton know how many Counties are in SC ? Edwards does.

    October 30, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Matthew, Irvine, CA

    Colbert needs to get with it.

    October 30, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. UFO, Dallas, Texas

    Remember, this comment cames from a guy who claimed he encountered UFO...

    October 30, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Emily, New Haven, CT

    I bet the Edwards and Obama supporters are happy tonight, after how badly Clinton came off in the debate tonight. Now that people are forcing her to directly answer their questions instead of skirt around them, it is becoming very obvious that she changes her positions whenever it's politically convenient.

    October 30, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  8. Todd, Round Hill Virginia

    Any word on Stephen Colbert?

    October 30, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. SB

    South Carolina for Barack Obama!

    October 31, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. taketa, cleveland oh

    Obama= wasting his time; he's waaaay to young to be President. He's only 46. He needs to come back when he's 56.

    October 31, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  11. Amused

    I watched the debate on MSNBC tonight, saw their text message vote, and saw their online polls, and I my fears have been confirmed:

    There are only two reasons people support Obama:

    1) He's black and they're black.
    2) Guilty, white liberals need another notch on their belts.

    On the issues, he's lazy and he rambles on and on endlessly exhausting reality to avoid actually answering the tough questions. He's a big time loser.

    The good news is that people in Iowa vote based on qualifications and substance and thankfully the masses of bloggers suffering from multiple-personality disorders will fail to show up to the polls. Remember Dean?

    I can't wait.

    October 31, 2007 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  12. John, Lexington SC

    Barack Obama is the most ostentatious candidate on the Democratic side. Everything he does has to require a marching band playing music to praise "his excellency" (I think I just threw up in my mouth a little). He won't get my vote, I can guarantee you that.

    October 31, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. RT - Cola, SC

    Barack Obama has another marching band, surprise, surprise. I'm voting for a man who's connected with what South Carolinians really want: pragmatic solutions and straight talk.

    South Carolina for Biden!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Michelle from Arizona

    The only reason the media is hyping up Clinton and Obama is because it makes for a bigger and better news story. What, the first "black" president-What, our first "woman" president. This country needs real true leadership now! Forget about all the novelty junk; such as GW Bush.

    Go Biden, a truly intelligent and honest leader.

    October 31, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Lily Smith, Vidalia, GA

    This should be very interesting if Obama gets hit with the question on his remark-more than one way to get to God. And about his Muslim religion. And why he is not a strong leader to lead this country.

    November 2, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |