With only hours separating South Carolina from the beginning of the Primary, candidates courted Charleston like the prettiest girl at the dance. Every single presidential hopeful, and even the less hopeful, came to the Holy City and engaged local voters in a spectacular rush of politics that won’t happen again for 4 years. Many of the candidates addressed SRLC in the morning and then went on to run rallies and events across the city.
Ron Paul, with the lightest local schedule, spent time with students at the College of Charleston, rallying to his most vocal demographic. Fans of Paul, while not seeing much of their Congressman later in the day, still made their support heard at other candidates’ events.
The same college hosted a massive event starring Stephen Colbert who was not allowed on the South Carolina ballot. He paired with Herman Cain, who while no longer running, remains on the ballot. Colbert urged students to vote from Cain in the Primary tomorrow. Cain also appeared later at a Tea Party event urging voters to change their government from the outside.
Romney held a rally in Northern Charleston, filling in the room with Press while he received endorsements from both Governor Nikki Haley from South Carolina and Governor Bob McDonnell from Virginia.
Santorum spent time with the Citadel cadets in Charleston, the same school he will use as his “victory party” headquarters tomorrow night.
Gingrich had the most interesting day out of all the candidates. His schedule put him in for multiple events across Charleston but his actual appearances varied significantly. His staff cancelled a rally at the College of Charleston due to low attendance. He also canceled an event in the same building as the Romney Rally. His final appearance happed at the USS Yorktown followed by a book signing.