A daily look at how the presidential candidates of both parties are trying to win the “First in the South” primary
Presidential candidates have steered clear of South Carolina the past few weeks as the state recovers from record flooding that damaged hundreds of homes, businesses, roads, and bridges across the Midlands, Lowcountry, and Pee Dee this month.
But, as things slowly return to normal, they are returning once more.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will speak to a large crowd in Anderson Monday night. A CNN poll released last week found Trump is still far out in front among likely GOP voters in South Carolina, even as his lead starts to narrow in other states.
The event at the Anderson Civic Center is free to the public, but organizers have limited attendance to 6,000 people. Trump’s appearance had originally been scheduled for nearby T.L. Hanna High School, but his campaign said it had to be moved to a larger venue due to the expected crowds. More than 4,000 people have registered online for tickets.
The CNN poll found 36 percent of self-identified Republicans who were likely to vote favored Trump among the GOP candidates. The next-closest candidate was Ben Carson at 18 percent. No other Republican had double-digit support.
By contrast, a Fox News poll among national registered voters showed Carson within the margin of error behind Trump. The poll had Trump’s lead at 24 percent support, with Carson just behind at 23 percent and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at 10 percent.
— Former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s son is in South Carolina on Monday to open a branch office for his father’s campaign in the Upstate. Jeb Bush, Jr., will attend an opening for the office in Greenville before making another stop in Newberry later in the evening. On Tuesday, the younger Bush will be in North Charleston to open the campaign’s Lowcounty regional office.
— Two more Republicans will be in the state towards the tail end of the week. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will make two campaign stops in Beaufort County on Friday, speaking at the University of South Carolina campus in Beaufort at 2:00 p.m., then at 4:00 p.m. at Magnolia Hall in Sun City Hilton Head. The latter event is limited to Sun City residents only… Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is swinging through the Upstate on Thursday and Friday, stopping at a Greenville coffee shop and Gaffney Baptist church on October 22 then a Boiling Springs restaurant and national security forum at Greenville Technical College the next day.
— Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has not been in South Carolina since August, as he lags far behind the Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. O’Malley will be in North Charleston on Thursday, to meet with local “faith and community leaders” on ways to reduce gun violence. The meeting will occur at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. The predominantly black church is also a hub in a North Charleston community that has seen racial issues thrust into the national limelight after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man who had been fleeing a confrontation in May.