Presidential candidates continue to court voters in South Carolina

Presidential candidates continue to court voters in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)

South Carolina's First in the South presidential primary is still a long way off, but some candidates are already courting their specific voter bases.

Though not all presidential candidates have made it to the Palmetto State yet, several that have come in to the same few counties again, and again, and again.      

Take billionaire and current GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, so far, his focus has been on the South Carolina coast, vising Myrtle Beach and Charleston before officially announcing, and hitting the Sun City retirement community in Bluffton Monday. A look at how those counties voted in the 2012 primary sheds some light on Trump's travels. Horry, Charleston, and Beaufort counties, each with a high number of Northern retirees, brought in more votes for Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum than the primary's winner, Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich, who courted the Tea Party vote, pulled in his largest numbers from the Upstate and that's where you've seen candidates like Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee focusing much of their efforts.
Jeb Bush also rolled through Aiken and the Upstate while John Kasich, the most recent member of the GOP's 16 person candidate pool made his first campaign stop in Summerville Friday morning.
Rick Perry and Chris Christie spoke in the same Bluffton community as Donald Trump and next Perry heads to Columbia Saturday.
Senator Marco Rubio is planning to visit South Carolina with a trip on to Greenville is on the books for next week.
Then you look at the Democratic side, so far, Hillary Clinton has made more visits to the Palmetto State than her competitors and she's focused mainly on the Midlands and Charleston counties, blue strongholds, but she also stopped in Greenville Thursday.

With about 200 days to go before South Carolina's First in the South presidential primary, the candidates are making every day count.