South Carolina

Hillary Clinton plans return to SC, first visit since 2008


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, will visit South Carolina on May 27, a campaign official said Tuesday.

No details were available Tuesday on the place or time for Clinton’s visit – her first stop in the Palmetto State since announcing her White House bid a month ago. The visit also will be the first time Clinton has come to South Carolina since her 2008 presidential campaign, a campaign official confirmed.

Clinton, who finished a distant second to then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 S.C. Democratic presidential primary, already has visited other early primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire.

She held roundtables with students, educators and small-business owners in those states. Clinton is expected to hold similar events in South Carolina soon after Memorial Day.

Last week, Clinton’s campaign launched grass-roots events across the Palmetto State.

In coming weeks, the campaign will hold nearly a dozen house parties around the state, including in Greenville on Saturday and Charleston on Sunday. House parties in Spartanburg, Columbia and Rock Hill will follow next week.

More than 2,200 South Carolinians have said they would volunteer to help Clinton, her campaign said.

Clinton is the last of the 2016 front-runners from both parties to visit South Carolina, which holds the first presidential primary in the South.

Republicans leading in polls nationally — Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul – have made multiple visits to the Palmetto State.

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