South Carolina Primary 2016: Voting Hours & Key Info

Bernie Sanders, Democratic primary, when, where, polling, date


The South Carolina Democratic primary is set for Saturday, February 27. It’s the last primary in either party before Super Tuesday, which takes place on March 1.

Here’s what you need to know about South Carolina’s “First in the South” Democratic primary:

DATE: Saturday, February 27, 2016

POLLING HOURS: Polls are open throughout the state from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time. Voters who are in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

TYPE OF PRIMARY: South Carolina holds an open primary, meaning any registered voter can vote in one of the two party’s primaries. Voters cannot vote in both party’s primaries.

DELEGATES AT STAKE: 59 delegates

PAST WINNERS: Barack Obama (2008), John Edwards (2004)

KEY ENDORSEMENTS: South Carolina Democrat Rep. James Clyburn has endorsed Clinton. South Carolina Rep. Justin Bamberg endorsed Sanders.

LATEST SOUTH CAROLINA POLLS: RealClear Politics has Clinton with an average of a 24.1 percentage point lead over Sanders.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & VOTING INFORMATION: If you’re a South Carolina voter looking for more information, click here to check out the frequently asked questions page on the South Carolina Elections Commission website. You can also click here to find your polling place.

NEXT UP AFTER SOUTH CAROLINA: The Democratic candidates will turn their attention to Super Tuesday on March 1. Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will hold nominating contests. American Samoa will be hosting a caucus as well.


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