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Kamala Harris returning to SC for second time since launching 2020 campaign

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Kamala Harris will return to South Carolina next week, one of four stops the 2020 Democratic presidential contender will make to early-voting states during February.

Harris, a U.S. senator from California, will stop in South Carolina Feb. 15 and 16, her campaign said. She then will fly to New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada. More details about Harris’ S.C. trip will be made public soon.

Harris’ S.C. trip is her second to the Palmetto State since she launched her campaign last month.

Last year, Harris stumped in Greenville and Lower Richland, rallying voters ahead of the November midterm election. Last month, Harris spoke briefly at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s annual Pink Ice Gala fundraiser in Columbia. It is the same stop then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama made in 2008, helping to propel him to the White House for his first term.

Harris pledged AKA at Howard University, where the sorority was founded.

Trips to the state will play a crucial role for Harris and other 2020 Democratic hopefuls before the state’s first-in-the-South primary in February 2020.

The Palmetto State is a key battleground for Democratic candidates vying for support from African-American voters, who account for roughly 60 percent of the S.C. Democrats.

Also slated to visit the state this month are U.S. Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Details surrounding their trips have not been released.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, another possible Democratic candidate for president, also is in Columbia this week. He is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the annual meeting of the S.C. Hospital Association and meet with faith leaders at Trinity Baptist Church.

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Maayan Schechter (My-yawn Schek-ter) covers the S.C. State House and politics for The State, focusing primarily on the state budget and the lawmakers who decide how your tax dollars get spent. She grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Asheville. She has previously worked at the Aiken Standard and the Greenville News.