Vice President Joe Biden dropped by D.C. fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial challenger Vincent Sheheen on Wednesday, a state party spokeswoman confirmed.
Biden's visit, first reported by Politico, came at an event featuring Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-Columbia.
Biden and O'Malley, a pair of 2016 White House hopefuls, appear to be locked in a battle to see who can get more love from Democrats in South Carolina, the first state in the South with a presidential primary.
Biden, who vacations on Kiawah Island, was the keynote speaker at the state Democratic party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in 2013 and headlined a party fundraiser last month before delivering the commencement address at the University of South Carolina.
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O'Malley addressed state delegates at a breakfast during the Democratic National Convention in 2012, spoke at a party issues conference in 2013 and headlined a fundraiser for Sheheen in Charleston last month.