Vice President Joe Biden plans to campaign in the Palmetto State next week.
The Democrat will headline “Get Out the Vote” events in Sumter and Rock Hill on Nov. 1.
Biden will be joined by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of Columbia, 5th District candidate Fran Person, and other Democratic leaders and candidates.
Biden’s visit — in the final days of the 2016 campaign — is a sign that Democrats think the vote in South Carolina, long a GOP stronghold, could be closer than anticipated. Recent polls have shown Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading in South Carolina by from 2 to 15 percentage points.
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“South Carolina Democrats are so excited that Vice President Biden has chosen to visit our state in this important stretch of this campaign to highlight the importance of our elections this fall, including Fran Person’s very competitive race in the 5th Congressional District,” state party chairman Jaime Harrison said in a news release.
Biden visited York County last month to fundraise for Person. Person, a former aide to the vice president, is trying to upset incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land.