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21 presidential hopefuls to speak at SC Democratic Party convention

This story was updated as the party announced more speakers.

Twenty-one presidential hopefuls will be converging on Columbia in June to speak at the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention, according to a statement from the party.

The group announced its first round of confirmed speakers for the June 22 convention Tuesday, a lineup that so far exclusively consists of politicos seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020.

The full list of speakers includes the following hopefuls:

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden
  • Sen. Michael Bennet
  • Sen. Cory Booker
  • South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Congressman John Delaney
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Congressman Seth Moulton
  • Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke
  • Congressman Tim Ryan
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Author Marianne Williamson
  • Silicon Valley businessman Andrew Yang
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
  • Gov. Jay Inslee
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper

2020 hopefuls will be joining South Carolina politicians U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, who serves as the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, and U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham at the convention’s Blue Palmetto Dinner and at Clyburn’s fish fry.

Clyburn’s “World Famous Fish Fry” is a well known gathering place for anyone looking to run for president under the Democrat’s ticket. The event started sometime 1986, Clyburn told The State for a 2016 article about the iconic get together.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.