This should have been Lindsey Graham’s moment – a South Carolina Republican senator running for president on the eve of the Palmetto State’s crucial Feb. 20 GOP primary. Leading up to 2016 the issues in the spotlight even broke his way, with the looming threat of the Islamic State and other foreign-policy matters commanding attention.
Every four years, presidential candidates descend upon South Carolina in hopes of securing the state’s favor. For the right, winning the Palmetto state is almost a sure indicator of the party’s nomination. For the left, it signals the support of a critical group: black voters. (Video by Brittany Peterson / McClatchy)