the Presidential primaries It takes place in February in South Carolina – starting with the Democratic race on Saturday.
The Republican Party primaries will be held on February 24.
the Deadline to register to vote In the primaries on January 4 and 25, respectively.
Voters can vote in any of the primaries, but only in one.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Voters must bring photo ID to their polling place.
Early voting was held from January 22 to February 2 for the Democratic primary, and will be from February 12 to 22 for the Republican primary. Early voting centers are open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.
Eligible voters — including those who have a physical disability and are 65 or older — may also apply Absentee ballot. Ballots must be returned by 7pm local time on the day of the relevant primary.
The importance of the state
South Carolina traditionally holds the first primaries in the South for Republicans and Democrats.
There are 50 Republican delegates and 63 Democratic delegates competing.
President Joe Biden heads to South Carolina hoping to show he remains overwhelmingly popular among his party despite his poor or average polling and his generally weak approval rating. He was challenged by distant candidates Dean Phillips, a Minnesota state representative, and author Marianne Williamson.
Former President Donald Trump will face former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in her home state. While Haley said she wants to show her campaign has growing momentum, despite losing to Trump in two previous states, she remains strong in the polls she tracks 538%.
Trump won the state in the 2020 general election with 55% of the vote.
Republican officials in the state voted in 2019 to cancel the presidential nominating contest in 2020, effectively paving a smooth path to Trump’s nomination.
Trump also won the state’s 2016 Republican primary with 32.5% of the vote. He went on to win the 2016 general election there by 14 points over Hillary Clinton, increasing the Republican margin over the party’s previous nominees.
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