S.C. Democrats are getting a second round of attention from politicians seeking to bolster their national profiles and White House prospects.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is holding a fundraiser for S.C. Democratic gubernatorial challenger Vincent Sheheen at The Alley in Charleston at 5:30 p.m. Friday, state Democratic party spokesman Kristin Sosanie said. CNN reported the news first.
That's hours after Vice President Joe Biden holds a lunch fundraiser for the S.C. Democratic Party at the Capital City Club in Columbia.
Both 2016 presidential hopefuls are coming to South Carolina, an early presidential primary state, for commencements.
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Biden is addressing University of South Carolina graduates on Friday afternoon. (Doesn't hurt that his personal aide is a former Gamecock football player.)
O'Malley's daughter is graduating from the College of Charleston on Saturday. (No escaping politics there either: The commencement speaker is U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston.)
O'Malley is getting familiar with S.C. Dems. He spoke to them at the 2012 Democratic National Convention breakfast in Charlotte and was the keynote speaker at a state party issues conference last year in Charleston.
The Dems are coming off their big fundraising dinner last week that was headlined by Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a rumored veep pick for Hillary Clinton if she runs.
The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association listed last week South Carolina as a state that the party could win in elections this year. Sheheen, a state senator and Camden lawyer, lost to Gov. Nikki Haley, then a state representative from Lexington, by 4.5 percentage points in 2010.