COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making news in South Carolina politics this Friday morning:
The RNC declared Thursday that they would punish South Carolina, New Hampshire, Wyoming, Florida and Michigan for moving up their primary dates.
South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson told CNN he stands by the decision to hold the Republican primary on Jan. 19.
"We have been outside the window the entire time and we knew that," he said. "We have always felt the South Carolina Republican primary will be the first in the South primary and we were willing to sacrifice a few delegates to make sure that 700,000 primary voters would have their voices heard."
The Boston Globe asks if Barack Obama's race is a blessing or a curse among black voters in South Carolina.
Jonathan Martin from The Politico gives his take on how South Carolina's changing demographics will impact the Republican primary this time around.
Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul - "Two dark horses riding high," says The State.
After Sam Brownback endorsed John McCain this week, Brownback's South Carolina chairman David Barron is now supporting McCain.
But other Brownback supporters are still making up their minds. On Tuesday, Brownback supporter state Sen. Kevin Bryant said he would support Mitt Romney.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby