12:05 a.m.: Christie calls off SC visits to assess bid
Republican Chris Christie says he’s heading home to New Jersey to “take a deep breath” and take stock of his struggling presidential bid.
He had four events planned in South Carolina on Wednesday and Thursday, including a legal issues forum in Charleston moderated by S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.
The New Jersey governor had banked on a strong finish in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, but he’s on track to end up sixth despite holding more than 70 town halls events over the past few months.
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“(T)here is no reason to go and sit in South Carolina in a hotel room to hear (the final results),” he told supporters Tuesday. “We’ll go home. We haven’t been home for two weeks. So we can actually get a change of clothes, which would be a nice thing.”
Associated Press and Andrew Shain
12:03 a.m.: Bill Clinton visiting SC again
Former President Bill Clinton will visit Florence on Saturday. He will speak on the Francis Marion campus at 7:30 p.m., according to an invitation. He visited Columbia last week to meet with Democratic lawmakers and speak at a rally at Allen University. For details, go to The State’s 2016 candidate visit page.
12:01 a.m.: CBS releases criteria for Greenville debate
Republican presidential candidates must have finished in the top three in the Iowa caucuses, the top five in the New Hampshire primary election or the top five in South Carolina opinion polls to participate in Saturday's debate at Greenville’s Peace Center, CBS announced.
The criteria would automatically include Sen. Ted Cruz, businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio, the top three finishers in Iowa, as well as Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who finished in the top five in New Hampshire.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson should make the debate since he is fifth in S.C. polls.
The criteria could exclude New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, but they could be dropping out of the race after poor finishes in New Hampshire.
The debate will air on CBS at 9 p.m.
Greenville News and Andrew Shain