COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making news in South Carolina politics this morning:
Several members of the state Democratic party executive council say they were called by two prominent supporters of Sen. Barack Obama to press them on keeping Stephen Colbert's name off the ballot. Both deny they did so for political reasons. Read the story here.
The slow-spoken Southerner and the high-energy former Massachusetts governor bring their contrasting styles to South Carolina today, with Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney both making visits.
This morning, Thompson will announce a "Vets for Fred" coalition on the State House grounds in Columbia, followed by two meet-and-greets, one in Fort Mill this afternoon and one in Spartanburg this evening. (The Herald-Journal leads their article on Thompson today with this line: "Welcome to Spartanburg, Fred Thompson. They left the light on for you.")
Romney will tour an adoption agency in Greenville this morning, and will then make a campaign stop at a deli in Anderson.
The State looks at McCain's struggles in this state, although one of his most prominent supporters, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, says McCain is moving up: "I can feel it—it's palpable," McMaster said.
The Chicago Sun-Times reviews Obama's trip to South Carolina this past weekend.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
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