Ex-S. Carolina congressman sues state GOP for nixing primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican former South Carolina congressman is part of a lawsuit filed Tuesday over the state party's decision to cancel its GOP primary ahead of the 2020 election, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the longshot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

Oct. 1, 2019 9:31 PM EDT
Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump, saying Sunday that he aims to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good as he tries to navigate a path to the presidency.

Sep. 8, 2019 12:15 PM EDT
Nevada, SC, Kansas GOP drop presidential nomination votes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.

Sep. 7, 2019 6:42 PM EDT
Harris, Warren, others counter Biden's electability argument

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Standing before a throng of party faithful in a key early primary state, Joe Biden's leading rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sought Saturday to undercut the former vice president's argument that he's the ideal Democrat to oust President Donald Trump.

Jun. 22, 2019 7:24 PM EDT
Kamala Harris says prosecutor past will help defeat Trump

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says her experience as a prosecutor has given her insight into trying to improve the criminal justice system and distinguishes her among the crowded field taking on President Donald Trump.

Jun. 9, 2019 7:28 AM EDT
Buttigieg acknowledges work needed to appeal to black voters

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Continuing his outreach to African American voters, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg acknowledged Sunday that he needs to do more work to connect with the community, particularly in the early-voting state of South Carolina.

May. 5, 2019 7:00 PM EDT
Biden: Trump, Republicans allowing Jim Crow to return

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden charged Saturday that Jim Crow is "sneaking back in" as he emphasized voting rights at his first presidential campaign stop in South Carolina, where black voters play a key role in the South's first presidential primary.

May. 4, 2019 8:48 PM EDT
Sanders gets endorsements from 7 black S. Carolina lawmakers

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Thursday announced endorsements from seven black lawmakers in the critical early voting state of South Carolina, a show of force in the first place where African American voters feature prominently in next year's primary elections.

Apr. 18, 2019 8:07 PM EDT
Harris makes 2 key hires in early-voting South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris is boosting her staffing in the early-voting state of South Carolina, adding two experienced operatives who'll be key to navigating the home of the first 2020 primary in the South.

Mar. 13, 2019 8:19 AM EDT
Activist Steyer continues impeachment push in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer is bringing his call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump back to South Carolina, a state he says has a special status in the conversation due to its early place on the presidential primary voting calendar.

Mar. 12, 2019 1:58 PM EDT
2020 hopeful Gillibrand immerses herself in early voting SC

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York immersed herself in South Carolina over the weekend, using her first trip to the state to introduce herself as a possible presidential candidate to the heavily black Democratic electorate.

Feb. 10, 2019 4:19 PM EST
Top DNC official considers challenging Graham in S. Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With confidence in his national connections and fundraising ability, a top official with the Democratic National Committee said Thursday that he is launching an exploratory committee with the goal of replacing Republican Sen.

Feb. 7, 2019 5:25 PM EST
King events draw potential Democratic presidential hopefuls

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Americans commemorated Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls fanned out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage.

Jan. 22, 2019 12:19 AM EST
AP source: Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking.

Dec. 12, 2018 10:46 AM EST
South Carolina governor candidates clash in final debate

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In the closing days before the Nov. 6 general election, the men vying to be South Carolina's next governor have given voters their final chance to see a side-by-side comparison of their stance on issues including tax cuts, medical marijuana and tariffs proposed by the Trump administration.

Oct. 25, 2018 10:24 PM EDT
South Carolina Democrats: Better if Sanders 'got lost'

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Bernie Sanders prepares to return to South Carolina to feel out a potential 2020 presidential bid, some Democrats in this heavily Republican state say the visit isn't wanted or helpful to their candidates in advance of next month's election.

Oct. 10, 2018 5:28 PM EDT
Trump celebrates victories for 3 endorsed candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump's party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president's hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to confront their own internal divisions.

Jun. 27, 2018 11:30 AM EDT
Democratic heavyweight loses in New York as Trump picks win

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump's party came together, a 28-year-old liberal activist ousted top House Democrat Joe Crowley in the president's hometown Tuesday night, a stunning defeat that suddenly forced Democrats to confront their own internal divisions.

Jun. 27, 2018 2:02 AM EDT
Trump to test his powers in South Carolina runoff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's effort to bend the Republican Party to his will faces its next test Tuesday, when South Carolina voters choose between two GOP gubernatorial candidates who both claim to be Trump acolytes.

Jun. 24, 2018 4:08 PM EDT