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May 6, 2014

More Dems coming to SC: Martin O'Malley holding fundraiser on the same day as VP Joe Biden

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

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.

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.

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