(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.
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.
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.
Washington (CNN) – The first votes cast in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would take place in February 2016, according to a proposal that cleared a major hurdle Friday at a Democratic National Committee meeting here in the nation’s capital.
The proposed nominating calendar would have the Iowa caucuses take place on February 1, New Hampshire primary on February 9, Nevada caucuses on February 20 and the South Carolina primary on February 27. All other states would have to wait until March 1 to hold a caucus or primary and be required to do so no later than June 14.
Washington (CNN) – The first votes cast in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination would take place in February 2016, according to a draft proposal under consideration by the Democratic National Committee.
The proposed nominating calendar would have the Iowa caucuses take place on February 1, New Hampshire primary on February 9, Nevada caucuses on February 20 and the South Carolina primary on February 27, according to the proposal provided to CNN by a source, who asked not to be named. All other states would have to wait until March 1 to hold a caucus or primary.
Anderson, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is one of the GOP's brightest stars, a 42-year-old Indian-American, a dynamo fundraiser and a favorite of national Republicans eager to showcase diversity in their ranks.
Haley's road to re-election this November has looked smooth of late, thanks to Obamacare's unpopularity in South Carolina, a shrinking unemployment rate and the cautious approach of her Democratic challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commence address next month at the University of South Carolina.
The Vice President's speech at the May 9th ceremony, announced Wednesday by the school, is sure to spark more speculation about a Biden bid for the White House in 2016, as South Carolina holds the first southern contest in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
(CNN) - As he seriously considers a second bid for the White House, Rick Santorum will spend three days next week in South Carolina, the state that holds the first southern contest in the presidential primary and caucus calendar.
CNN has learned that the 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former senator from Pennsylvania will be in the Palmetto State from April 13-15 for fundraising events and meetings with Republicans.
Washington (CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will headline the South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Dinner, a major GOP fundraising event in the early primary state that doubles as a must-do stopover for ambitious politicians with an eye on the White House.
Jindal will address the banquet, the finale of the state GOP’s annual convention in Columbia, on June 6.