A daily look at how the presidential candidates of both parties are trying to win the “First in the South” primary.
Former New York Governor George Pataki ended his Republican presidential campaign on Tuesday, dropping a bid that never caught traction.
Pataki made the announcement in a video that first aired on NBC Tuesday night. “Tonight is the end of my journey for the White House as I suspend my campaign for president,” he said. Pataki’s campaign used the slot NBC agreed to offer as “equal time” after the network featured Trump on its Saturday Night Live sketch show. The video was later posted to Pataki’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Pataki never campaigned in South Carolina. He was scheduled to participate in an October town hall with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, but the Bluffton event was canceled in the aftermath of heavy rainfalls and flooding that slammed the state a week earlier. As a result of his low-key campaign and socially moderate positions on abortion and guns, the former governor could never garner any momentum. No poll of South Carolina voters ever showed Pataki with more than 2 percent support.
After Pataki initially announced his presidential bid, he tried to raise his profile by attacking GOP front-runner Donald Trump. His efforts largely went unnoticed, though Trump took to calling Pataki a man who “couldn’t be elected dog catcher”.
During his televised message Tuesday, Pataki said he hoped the Republican party would come together. “I’m confident we can elect the right person. Someone who will bring us together and who understands that politicians, including the president, must be the people’s servant and not their master.”
— Trump himself will be back in South Carolina Wednesday. He will appear at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head at 11 a.m. His campaign had announced Monday the Hilton Head venue would be shifted to a local park do to “overwhelming demand,” but the Island Packet newspaper reports the 11 a.m. rally was moved back to the resort due to weather concerns. He will return to the Palmetto State on Jan. 8, with a stop at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
— Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will be in the Midlands on Wednesday. Bush will visit Hudson’s Smokehouse in Lexington, which has become a regular campaign stop for Republicans the past few election cycles. The event will start at 6:30 p.m.