A daily look at how the presidential candidates of both parties are trying to win the “First in the South” primary.
In perhaps the most embarrassing sign of his low polling numbers, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has failed to reach the support levels he needs to participate in a presidential candidates forum just 25 miles from his hometown.
The Greenville News reports Graham failed to get even the 1 percent average poll support that was required for candidates to take part in Heritage Action’s forum next week. The September 18 event will be at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Gov. Nikki Haley and former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint will participate.
The event required that candidates have at least 1 percent support taken from the Real Clear Politics poll average in the month of August. Graham is listed at 0.3 percent. His campaign says Graham will be in Iowa on September 18.
Only two other Republicans did not qualify for the forum: former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore and former New York Governor George Pataki.
A spokesman for the conservative advocacy group told the paper that invitations were sent to the other 14 GOP White House hopefuls. Heritage Action will announce which ones have accepted in the next few days. More than 10,000 people have registered to attend the forum.
— Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Wednesday announced support from 400 S.C. women in all 46 counties. The list includes two legislators, school leaders, and state Democratic Party officials. From a statewide politics perspective, the most recognizable names include Democratic State Reps. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster and Chandra Dillard of Greenville. Allen University president Lady Cole also endorsed the former Secretary of State.
— This has been quiet week for the South Carolina primary, as no candidates have been in the state since Rick Santorum marched in a Chapin Labor Day parade and Marco Rubio attended a town hall in North Charleston that evening. Things will pick up again on Saturday, when retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson visits Aiken’s Newberry Hall and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold rallies in Columbia, Florence, and Rock Hill.