The battle for 2020: Possible Democratic presidential nominees
South Carolina’s presidential primary is on Saturday, Feb. 29. It’s the nation’s second primary of the 2020 election, following the New Hampshire primary and caucuses in Iowa and Nevada. South Carolina’s primary is three days before 10 states go to the polls for Super Tuesday on March 3.
With South Carolina’s spot as one of the first states for primary voters to have their say, candidates for the Democratic nomination for president started showing up across the state in the beginning of 2019.
Nationally recognized names like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker came through the state in the first months of the year, and the candidates are just getting started.
As of mid-March, more than a dozen candidates have declared their candidacy for the Democratic nomination, with at least another 10 considering a run.
Time Magazine broke down what’s happening with the race at the beginning of 2019 in a February cover story: “The 2020 Democratic primary will be unprecedented. The field is likely to be the largest in history, there’s no front runner in sight, and the stakes could hardly be higher.”
A poll ending March 2 from Emerson Polling put former Vice President Joe Biden with a 16-point lead in South Carolina, with 37 percent of the vote.
“One year out from the South Carolina primary, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are the only two candidates to reach double digits in the Democratic Primary for President,” according to Emerson.
Sanders came in second with 21 percent, according to the poll.
Calendar of upcoming events
This calendar will be updated as new events are scheduled
May 18 — 2 p.m., Bernie Sanders holds a town hall on the water crisis, Denmark Technical College, 1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd, Denmark.
6 p.m., Silicon Valley businessman Andrew Yang holds a town hall, Rehoboth Baptist Church, 4646 Hard Scrabble Rd, Columbia.
May 28 — 10 p.m., Kamala Harris holds a town hall with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Wofford College, Spartanburg.
June 8 — 6 p.m., Kamala Harris will speak to the S.C. NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia.
June 15 — BET presidential forum featuring Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren, Charleston Music Hall
Feb. 29: Primary Election Day
July 13–16: Democratic National Convention
Nov. 3: General Election
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