Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – To hear some tell it, the 2008 South Carolina primary clash between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was a few steps away from a full-blown race riot.
"It was unbelievable down here in 2007 and 2008," said Bridget Tripp, a Democratic organizer from Lexington who supported Obama in that year's primary. "Bill Clinton was going through downtown Columbia calling Barack Obama a racist."FULL STORY
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Each one of Lindsey Graham's five underfunded Republican primary opponents have been struggling to gain traction in the race and emerge as the South Carolina senator's leading conservative opponent.
Not one of them, though, has managed to break out of the pack.
Dallas, Texas (CNN) - Ready for Hillary, the independent group laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, will make its first public foray into the early primary state of South Carolina later this month with a fundraiser in the state capital of Columbia.
The low dollar event – like many Ready for Hillary fundraisers, the price of admission is just $20.16 – will be hosted by state Rep. Bakari Sellers “and special guests,” according to a copy of the Feb. 20 invitation obtained by CNN.
Washington (CNN) – The already-crowded race to unseat South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is about to get another candidate.
Det Bowers, a well-connected Columbia pastor known for his oratory, put weeks of rumors to rest on Monday and said he is joining the five-person Republican Senate primary field.
Washington (CNN) - Chris Christie's handling of access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge - and the fact that his staff closed the lanes for apparent political retribution - will not matter to voters if the Governor decides to run for president, three Republican committeemen from early primary and caucus states said Thursday.
"I don't think this will make any difference whatsoever if Gov. Christie runs," Stephen Duprey, Republican National Committeeman from New Hampshire, told CNN. "People in New Hampshire could care less about whether some bureaucrat working on his staff did something stupid like this."
(CNN) – How will red state Democrats handle Obamacare as a hot-button campaign issue in 2014?
Here's a small clue.
(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make a campaign-style swing through the key Republican primary state of South Carolina next week, making four appearances in the state's most conservative region.
Perry's keynote speech to a South Carolina Republican Party banquet in Spartanburg next Tuesday has already been announced.
Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - One day after Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina declined to endorse his Republican colleague Lindsey Graham's Senate re-election bid, Gov. Nikki Haley took a different track - weighing in with some with hearty praise for Graham, who is facing a primary challenge on the right next year from four different candidates.
While Haley stopped short of formally backing Graham, she made clear that she considers Graham a conservative ally.
(CNN) – Sen. Tim Scott is passing on throwing his support behind Lindsey Graham, his fellow South Carolina Republican senator, who faces four conservative primary challengers as he runs for re-election next year.
Instead, Scott, who was appointed to the Senate late last year, said he would focus on his own election next year.
(CNN) - One day after making an appearance in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden will stop in another crucial presidential voting state: South Carolina.
The vice president will visit the Port of Charleston on Monday to discuss jobs and infrastructure, the White House announced Thursday. Biden is also scheduled to travel to the Port of Savannah, Georgia later that day.