First on CNN: Rubio to court South Carolina conservatives
July 16th, 2014
11:09 AM ET
2 weeks ago

First on CNN: Rubio to court South Carolina conservatives

Washington (CNN) – Marco Rubio, the Florida Senator and possible White House contender, will court some of the Republican Party’s most conservative voters with a visit to South Carolina next month.

Rubio has been booked as the keynote speaker at Rep. Jeff Duncan’s annual Faith and Freedom Barbecue in Anderson on August 25th,  a GOP source familiar with the plans told CNN.

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Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • South Carolina
Reality TV star and convicted felon to make Senate bid in South Carolina
July 4th, 2014
12:27 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Reality TV star and convicted felon to make Senate bid in South Carolina

(CNN) – This year's U.S. Senate race in South Carolina might be getting a lot more interesting.

Thomas Ravenel – a reality TV star and former Republican state treasurer who was forced to resign from office after being indicted on federal drug charges – announced Friday that he would run as an independent candidate against GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • Senate • South Carolina
Rick Perry's busy summer schedule
July 1st, 2014
09:55 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Rick Perry's busy summer schedule

(CNN) - Rick Perry's headed back to South Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday.

It's the third trip by the longtime Republican governor of Texas to the Palmetto State in the past year. Perry, who launched a failed campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, is not running for re-election this year and instead is considering another bid for the White House in 2016.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • New Hampshire • Rick Perry • South Carolina
First on CNN: Santorum endorses McMaster in South Carolina runoff
June 19th, 2014
04:05 PM ET
1 month ago

First on CNN: Santorum endorses McMaster in South Carolina runoff

Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum is making another primary state pilgrimage, this time involving himself in a high-profile Republican runoff election in South Carolina.

Santorum, a once and possibly future Republican presidential candidate, will appear in South Carolina on Monday to endorse Henry McMaster in his runoff campaign for lieutenant governor. McMaster, a former Attorney General, is facing off against businessman Mike Campbell, the son of the late former Gov. Carroll Campbell. The election is next Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2014 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'
June 15th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
1 month ago

Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'

(CNN) - After defeating a slew of challengers from the right, Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday chalked up his primary win to success in messaging and a first-rate ground game.

The South Carolina Republican was asked by CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, guest host of “State of the Union,” what he did right last week that Rep. Eric Cantor did wrong. Cantor lost his primary to a little-known GOP opponent.

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Another showdown for Lindsey Graham
June 10th, 2014
12:07 PM ET
2 months ago

Another showdown for Lindsey Graham

(CNN) - Five states from Maine to Nevada hold primaries on Tuesday, but the marquee race is in South Carolina, where two-term GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is hoping to avoid a runoff.

The Palmetto State showdown comes as fellow Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is fighting for his political life in Mississippi. Last week, he was forced into a runoff against a challenger backed by the tea party.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • South Carolina
Bobby Jindal's busy weekends
June 6th, 2014
01:44 PM ET
2 months ago

Bobby Jindal's busy weekends

(CNN) - For many Americans, Friday's ringing in of the weekend brings two days off from work.

But that's definitely not the case over the next three weekends for Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

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Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • South Carolina
Poll: Graham close to magic number in primary showdown
June 4th, 2014
02:10 PM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Graham close to magic number in primary showdown

(CNN) - It's one of the biggest political questions in South Carolina right now: Will incumbent Lindsey Graham avoid a runoff in next Tuesday's Senate primary?

A survey released Wednesday indicates that the two-term Republican senator – who's facing off against six primary challengers – is just shy of the 50% he needs to win the contest outright. If Graham fails to top 50%, he would face off two weeks later against the second place finisher in the GOP primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Jeb Bush • South Carolina • South Carolina primary
First on CNN: O'Malley to mingle with 2016 players at D.C. fundraiser
May 7th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: O'Malley to mingle with 2016 players at D.C. fundraiser

Washington (CNN) - Martin O’Malley will mingle with a handful of early primary state power brokers next week at a closed-door Washington fundraiser for a top South Carolina Democrat.

The Maryland governor, who has been candid about his inclination to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, has signed on to co-host the May 14 Capitol Hill fundraiser for South Carolina lieutenant governor candidate Bakari Sellers, a Democratic source in the state told CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Martin O'Malley • South Carolina
First on CNN: O’Malley to campaign for Sheheen in South Carolina
May 6th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
3 months ago

First on CNN: O’Malley to campaign for Sheheen in South Carolina

Washington (CNN) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has not been coy about his interest in a 2016 White House bid, is showing up in the early primary state of South Carolina on Friday to campaign with Vincent Sheheen, the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor this year.

O’Malley will join Sheheen for an afternoon meet-and-greet at The Alley, a restaurant in downtown Charleston, sources familiar with the planning told CNN.

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Martin O'Malley • South Carolina • Vincent Sheheen
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