January 20, 2012
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NPR NEWS ELECTION 2012 TEAM PROVIDES SPECIAL
COVERAGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY

LIVE COVERAGE AIRS SATURDAY, JAN. 21 FROM 7PM TO 9PM (ET)

NPR's Election 2012 team will join hosts Audie Cornish and Guy Raz for special live coverage of the South Carolina Primary. Live coverage will air Saturday, January 21 from 7-9PM (ET) on NPR Member stations across the country, and stream on NPR.org and NPR Mobile.

NPR correspondents Don Gonyea, Ari Shapiro, Debbie Elliott and Tamara Keith will cover the evening's events, reporting from candidate headquarters throughout the Palmetto State. During the broadcast, listen for newsmaker interviews and candidate speeches; in-depth analysis from NPR's Mara Liasson and Ron Elving, and contributors E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Matthew Continetti from the Weekly Standard; and polling insights from the Pew Center's Andrew Kohut. At NPR.org, Mark Memmott will live blog results and Alan Greenblatt will provide analysis of the primary.

Tune in to local NPR Member stations and visit the Election 2012 hub for comprehensive coverage of the race in South Carolina leading up to Saturday's winner-take-all primary. Recent stories include the racially-tinged controversy over Newt Gingrich's "food stamp president" comment; the fall of one-time-frontrunner Rick Perry; and analysis of how the blitz of TV ads to air ahead of the primary are affecting local South Carolina residents.

NPR News "Election 2012" is focused on the leading issues, candidates, polling and policies. Special series have included Job 1, profiling the formative careers of the GOP candidates; and a look at how these tough times might shape early voting states. Election coverage is airing on all NPR programs, and available at NPR.org.