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Hillary Clinton will travel to the Lowcountry on Friday, as she meets with members of the local NAACP and union longshoremen to solidify her strong position among South Carolina Democrats.
Clinton is making her first public trip to South Carolina since July. Numerous South Carolina polls so far have shown Clinton far ahead of her Democratic rivals in the Palmetto State. A recent Clemson University “Palmetto Poll” found Clinton with 43 percent support in South Carolina.
The former Secretary of State will deliver the keynote address on Friday for the Charleston branch NAACP’s 98th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet. The event at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston will begin at 7:00 p.m.
On Saturday, Clinton will speak at a grassroots meeting with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422 President Ken Riley at the ILA Hall in Charleston. The Saturday event begins at approximately 10:00 a.m.
Clinton’s campaign says she will lay out how she plans to build on President Obama’s efforts to raise incomes, reform the criminal justice system and “fight for families.”
— Clinton’s camp on Thursday released the endorsements of a dozen current and past Legislative Black Caucus chairmen from the South Carolina legislature. Polls have indicated Clinton is performing strongly in the black vote, which is a far larger part of the South Carolina Democratic Party than in other early primary states. The endorsements include the longest-serving African-American in the Statehouse State Sen. Jim Matthews, D-Orangeburg, and current LBC Chair State Rep. Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown.
— Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign is not abandoning South Carolina, despite polls that indicate he lags in the Palmetto State compared to his support in Iowa and New Hampshire. The Sanders camp opened a new regional office in Florence on Thursday, complementing existing branches in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville. Sanders himself was not present for the opening. State chairman Christopher Covert told the Florence Morning News that the campaign hopes to open another office in the Myrtle Beach region.