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Live updates from the SC presidential primaries – Feb. 9

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks Monday at a town hall meeting at the Gilchrist Metal Company in Hudson, N.H.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks Monday at a town hall meeting at the Gilchrist Metal Company in Hudson, N.H. AP

6 p.m.: Graham calls Kasich an ‘outlier’ in SC politics

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Jeb Bush backer, tried to pour cold water on Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s push into South Carolina.

"Of the three early states, South Carolina has always been Jeb's best, in terms of infrastructure and dynamics," Graham, a Seneca Republican who ended his own bid for president, told The Washington Post. "We have a reputation for voting for the most conservative candidate who's electable. John's a good guy, and a good governor, but when it comes to military issues he's been more of a budget cutter than a hawk. He describes himself as a budget hawk; well, advocating for more (base closures) before you rebuild the military."

Graham added that Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid in Ohio make him “an outlier in Republican politics down here."


3 p.m.: Bush PAC, Sanders top TV ad spenders in SC

The top ad spenders in South Carolina reported by NBC News citing data from SMG Delta.


▪  Right to Rise (Jeb Bush super PAC): $10.3 million

▪  Marco Rubio and pro-Rubio outside groups: $9.4 million

▪  Ted Cruz and pro-Cruz outside groups: $5.7 million

▪  Donald Trump: $1 million

▪  Ben Carson: $700,000.


▪  Bernie Sanders: $750,000

▪  Hillary Clinton: $440,000

Andrew Shain


2 p.m.: Clinton picks up legislative endorsements

Hillary Clinton picked up endorsements from S.C. Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson of Charleston, and Democratic Reps. Robert Brown of Charleston, Patricia Henegan of Marlboro, Leola Robinson-Simpson of Greenville, David Weeks of Sumter and Seth Whipper of Charleston.

Jamie Self


1:45 p.m.: Rubio unveils S.C. vet backers

The battle to win on national security issues is on in South Carolina.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., unveiled a list of Palmetto State military veterans on Tuesday led by former Fort Jackson commander Major Gen. Steve Siegfried.

Former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has released his own list led by retired Major General James Livingston, a Medal of Honor recipient who also is featured in a television ad with retired officers touting Bush’s readiness to handle national security.

Andrew Shain


1:30 p.m.: Congressman has an opponent

Coker College sociology professor Mal Hyman will run for the Democratic nomination for the congressional seat held by Republican Tom Rice of Myrtle Beach. Hyman will make a formal announcement Thursday. He spent 28 years at Coker in Hartsville where he coordinated forums on ethnic harmony, homelessness, globalization, sustainable energy and police procedures, and worked for human rights in Mexico, Nicaragua, the West Bank, El Salvador, Cuba and Colombia. Rice was first elected to the newly created seat in 2012.

Andrew Shain


11 a.m.: Grassroots event for Bernie Sanders

On Wednesday, Women for Bernie Sanders is hosting a meeting in Columbia to discuss the campaign’s impact on women: 6 p.m. at the Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle.

Jamie Self


10:30 a.m.: Hillary Clinton updates

▪  Hillary Clinton’s campaign will announce new endorsements from members of the S.C. General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Actors Angela Bassett and Vivica Fox will join Clinton’s new supporters at the State House for a press conference also announcing the campaign’s get-out-the-vote activities this week.

Fox and Bassett are visiting historically black colleges today and tomorrow. Bassett will stop at S.C. State University at 2 p.m. and Claflin University at 4 p.m. Fox will stop at Voorhees College at 2 p.m. and Denmark Technical College at 3:45 p.m. On Wednesday, Fox will host a teleconference and get-out-the-vote event at Benedict College at 10:15 a.m.

▪  Clinton will return to the Palmetto State to campaign Friday, her campaign announced Tuesday morning. The trip comes before the Feb. 20 Nevada Democratic caucus and the Feb. 27 S.C. Democratic presidential primary.

▪  The Clinton campaign announced a new television ad airing in South Carolina aimed at African-American voters. In the 30-second ad, Clinton says a broken criminal justice system is disproportionately hurting African-American families. The ad is slated to air in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville-Spartanburg and Florence-Myrtle Beach.

Jamie Self


7 a.m.: Candidates start coming Wednesday

The seven Republican candidates on the debate stage on Saturday in New Hampshire on Saturday have announced stops in South Carolina starting the day after the Granite State primary.

News of the stops came from the campaigns or event organizers.

Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush each have eight events planned so far, while John Kasich, who has been at the bottom of S.C. polls but is expecting strong showing in New Hampshire, announced seven stops.

Front-runner Donald Trump will visit at least five cities.

Chris Christie, whose campaign future depends on his New Hampshire results, plans four S.C stops. “I’ve got a flight to South Carolina Wednesday morning, and I intend to take it,” he told voters in Manchester, N.H. “I want you all to send me off as your guy."

Ted Cruz has at least three announced stops, while Ben Carson has two.

Carly Fiorina, who did not qualify for the debate based on poll results, has not announced any post-New Hampshire stops in South Carolina.

More Palmetto State visits are expected over the 11 days between the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.

Get details on all the 2016 S.C. candidate visits here.

Andrew Shain


6:30 a.m.: New Trump ads

Advertising tracker Kantar Media's CMAG identifies $463,000 worth of new Donald Trump TV and radio commercials that are set to begin airing Tuesday in South Carolina, the third-to-vote primary state.

That's a major increase from the $26,000 in ads he's had up in South Carolina during the past seven days.

Associated Press