It’s the last weekend of campaigning before Election Day, meaning that candidates are circulating the state for some last minute politicking.
It also means the candidates for governor are getting some visits from nationally-known politicians on Saturday and Sunday, as those national figures are rumored to be considering runs for president in 2016.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is scheduled to stump for Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen at a North Charleston “Get Out the Vote” fish fry on Saturday. He also plans to visit a Moncks Corner meet and greet and will stop by at the party’s North Charleston field offices. O’Malley has made several appearances with Sheheen this campaign cycle (and his fourth appearance in South Carolina since January 2013). He is in his eighth year of the Maryland governor’s office, but is currently considered something of an unknown as a potential presidential candidate.
The Republicans will have their own big name in the Palmetto State on Sunday, when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie plans to campaign with South Carolina’s Nikki Haley. The pair will attend a service at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg that morning, before heading to a lunch campaign rally at The Beacon restaurant nearby. Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, turned down a presidential run in 2012 but is rumored to be thinking about 2016.
Fellow GOP governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana appeared with Haley during a swing through the Grand Strand on Thursday.