Sat., Jan. 19, 2008
Paperwork and $35,000 fee by Nov. 1. 11 candidates certified
Jan. 26, 2008
April 26, 2007 - South Carolina Democratic Party/NBC News Debate at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.
May 15, 2007 - South Carolina Republican Party/FOX News Debate at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
July 23, 2007 - DNC sanctioned debate sponsored by YouTube/Google and CNN in Charleston.
Jan. 10, 2008 - South Carolina Republican Party Presidential Candidates Debate at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach. >
Jan. 21, 2008 - CBC Institute/CNN debate at the Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC. >, >
Carolina Democratic Party
South Carolina Republican Party
South Carolina saw a lot of visits from 2008 prospects of both parties. On the Republican side Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney did the most early organizing. McCain in particular lined up many early endorsements in the state which had effectively ended his campaign in 2000. The state's Republican U.S. Senators split; Lindsey Graham backed McCain, while Jim DeMint supported Romney. Former Sen. Fred Thompson, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Rep. Ron Paul also waged significant campaigns. On the Democratic side the African American population provided a base of support for Sen. Barack Obama . Former Sen. John Edwards, who was born in Seneca, SC and lives in neighboring North Carolina, won the 2004 primary here and hoped to do well again.
South Carolina has traditionally held the first in the South presidential primary. After considerable deliberation, the Democratic National Committee voted in 2006 to add South Carolina as a new pre-window primary (in the period between the New Hampshire primary and the opening of the window on February 5, 2008), thus affirming its early status [photo].2 Democrats envisaged holding their primary on Tuesday, January 29, while Republicans were looking at Saturday, February 2. However, on May 21, 2007 Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) signed a bill to move the date of his state's presidential primary to from the second Tuesday in March to the last Tuesday in January. (>). South Carolina party leaders indicated they would do what it takes to hold their first in the South position. [press releases] On August 9, 2007 state Republicans announced Saturday, January 19 as the date for their primary. On October 16, 2007 state Democrats announced they would seek a waiver from the DNC to hold their primary three days earlier than planned, on Saturday, January 26.
Unlike in many states South Carolina's presidential primaries have in past been party-run affairs3; this has posed a substantial financial and logistical challenge for the parties. However, in mid-2007 the General Assembly passed, over Gov. Mark Sanford (R)'s objections, a bill which requires that for parties wishing to hold presidential primary elections, the "State Election Commission must conduct the presidential preference primary." The General Assembly passed S99 on June 5, 2007, Gov. Sanford vetoed the bill on June 14, and the General Assembly voted to override the veto on June 19. [reaction] The law left determination of the primary dates to the state party committees, and they have opted to hold their primaries on different dates while keeping to the Saturday tradition.4
1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Dec. 2005 State Summary.
2. For the South Carolina Democratic Party's case for holding an early primary see its April 2006 proposal to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.
3. South Carolina Code of Laws Section 7-11-20 states: "A certified political party wishing to hold a presidential primary election may do so in accordance with the provisions of this title and party rules. However, notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the state committee of the party shall set the date and the hours that the polls will be open for the presidential primary election and the filing requirements. If a party holds a presidential primary election on a Saturday, an absentee ballot must be provided to a person who signs an affirmation stating that for religious reasons he does not wish to take part in the electoral process on a Saturday."
4. Kara Borie, spokesperson
for the South Carolina Republican Party, wrote in an e-mail, "Traditionally
we have held voting on a Saturday to reduce costs (utilizing our volunteers)
and increase voter turnout."
Carolina Democratic Party
1529 Hampton St., Suite 200 Columbia, SC
Appointment of Werner announced May 25, 2007; "graduate of Pennsylvania State University, briefly served as Political Director for the Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee. He has worked on campaigns in South Carolina for the last 4 years, including serving as campaign manager for Frank Willis's gubernatorial campaign and Mayor Bob Coble's successful re-election campaign."
Carolina Republican Party
1913 Marion Street, Columbia, SC
Every Child Matters Education Fund
Carolina Citizens for Life
South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee
South Carolina State Conference NAACP
South Carolina Progressive Network
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