With voters in New Hampshire having made their picks for the Democratic and Republican parties’ presidential nominations Tuesday night, the nation’s political attention shifts to South Carolina.
At least it does on the Republican side. The GOP primary in South Carolina is on February 20, meaning the candidates have about ten days to win over undecided Palmetto State voters. Democrats have more time until their primary on February 27. With the Nevada Democratic primary occurring on February 20, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will view South Carolina as less of an immediate priority.
New Hampshire’s GOP winner Donald Trump only has a single event in Clemson on his public schedule Wednesday. The real estate mogul will speak at the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena around 7 p.m. Iowa Caucus winner Ted Cruz will be at a rally in Myrtle Beach’s “Ground Zero” center around 11:30 a.m,, but had to cancel an appearance in Spartanburg due to a Senate vote in the evening.
Marco Rubio will also have to stop campaigning early on Wednesday for that Senate business. Rubio does plan to stop in Spartanburg and Columbia, but had skip an evening stop at the North Charleston Coliseum. US Rep. Trey Gowdy, who is backing the Florida senator, will speak on his behalf.
John Kasich will try to build off a strong New Hampshire performance with stops in Mount Pleasant and Charleston. He also plans to visit Nucor Steel in the town of Huger for an event with plant employees. Jeb Bush also has several stops planned along the coast in Hilton Head, Mt. Pleasant and Murrells Inlet.
Chris Christie canceled his two appearances in the Charleston area Wednesday following a disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire that saw him receive just 7.5 percent despite focusing mostly on the Granite State. Christie instead told supporters he is flying back to his home in New Jersey and reassess his campaign.
Ben Carson will arrive in the state on Thursday and has plans to stop at a pair of forums in Gaffney and Rock Hill. Carly Fiorina currently has no stops planned in South Carolina, fueling speculation she could soon drop out.
On the Democratic side, neither Clinton nor Sanders have announced any specific South Carolina events this week, but Clinton’s camp says the former Secretary of State will make stops on Friday. No other details were given.
Where Are the Candidates Today?
Cooper River Room
99 Harry M. Hallman Junior Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, SC
VFW Post #10420
Wed. 11:30 a.m.
904 Chester St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Wed. 5:30 p.m. (Heidi Cruz)
Summit Pointe Convention Center – Ballroom
805 Spartan Blvd.
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Wed. 12:00 p.m
Finn’s Brick Oven
Belle Hall Shopping Center, 656 Long Point Rd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Wed. 2:30 p.m.
7 Radcliffe St., Suite 201
Charleston, SC 29403
Nucor Steel Berkeley
1455 Hagan Avenue
Huger, SC 29540
*Closed to Public
Wed. 12:00 p.m.
299 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Wed. 3:00 p.m.
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Richland Room, Lower Level
1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Wed. 6:15 p.m.(Trey Gowdy speaking on Rubio’s behalf)
North Charleston Coliseum Montague Terrace
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena
1101 West Queen Street