South Carolina’s 2014 Democratic candidate for governor is backing Martin O'Malley's underdog bid for the presidential nomination.
State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, will serve as O'Malley’s state campaign co-chair, the campaign announced Thursday.
The former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association campaigned with Sheheen in his failed bid last year to unseat Republican Gov. Nikki Haley. Sheheen also ran unsuccessfully against Haley in 2010.
Boyd Brown, a Columbia real-estate professional and former S.C. House representative, also is co-chairing O'Malley's S.C. campaign with Sheheen.
O’Malley has two stops planned in the Lowcountry on Thursday.
At noon, he meets with faith and community leaders to discuss reducing gun violence at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in North Charleston. O’Malley will speak at the College of Charleston at 3:45 p.m.
O’Malley’s last visit to the Palmetto State was in August, when he met with a group of African-American business, legal and civic leaders in Columbia for a roundtable discussion on criminal justice reform.
Polling at 3 percent in a recent poll of S.C. GOP voters, O’Malley trails Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will not seek the nomination.