April 29, 2013 The Republican's bid to salvage a political career and the Democrat's effort to start one collided in a vigorous debate just eight days before South Carolina voters decide whom to send to Washington. The fast-paced hour in Charleston, S.C., marked the only face-to-face meeting of the candidates.
February 23, 2013 The South Carolina Republican has been outspoken in his criticism of President Obama's administration lately, particularly his opposition to Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. But this may have to do more with a possible primary challenge than the nomination itself.
January 30, 2013 The former South Carolina governor hopes to make a comeback by winning a special election to his old House seat. He'll have to overcome a large field filled with current officeholders and quasi-celebrities such as Ted Turner's son and Stephen Colbert's sister
December 18, 2012 South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott will move across the Rotunda to the Senate next month after being appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint. He will be the south's first black senator since the late 1800s, something he says speaks to the "evolution" of South Carolina.
December 17, 2012 Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is stepping down to be president of the Heritage Foundation. Scott is a freshman congressman and will be the Senate's only African-American.
October 2, 2012 Judges in these cases have declined to rule on the constitutionality of the laws. Instead, they have signaled the laws would withstand scrutiny if states can ensure that the vast majority of voters have easier access to free IDs. Legal scholars agree that many of these measures could be enacted after Election Day.
March 9, 2012 South Carolina's lieutenant governor resigned Friday amid charges that he misused campaign funds. He was indicted for shifting money from his campaign to others, then back to his to make it appear that he had more support than he really did.
February 23, 2012 Allegations of "dead" people voting have fueled arguments that a photo ID is needed to stop fraud at the polls.
February 7, 2012 What initially looked to some like widespread voter fraud in South Carolina will likely turn out to be much more benign. A state official said that out of the first six names checked, five involved clerical or poll worker errors, such as someone marking the wrong voter's name in the poll book. The sixth case involved a man who had sent in an absentee ballot, and then died.
January 22, 2012 It may have been the rudest gesture South Carolina has shown the national GOP since Fort Sumter.
January 21, 2012 With South Carolina's primary now part of history, the candidates addressed supporters and looked toward the next primary battle. Watch their speeches via PBS NewsHour.
January 21, 2012 It's been a contest of surprises, with a series of candidates rising to the top to fill the anybody-but-Romney role. So it really shouldn't come as a surprise that on the day of the first-in-the-South primary in South Carolina, it's uncertain what the outcome will be or what comes next.
January 20, 2012 Rep. Tim Scott said the Charleston debate didn't help him decide who to vote for less than 24 hours before the South Carolina primary. And while he's not willing to endorse anyone, he was willing to go out on a limb and say that he thought Gingrich would win narrowly, which, in its way, might be as good as an endorsement.
January 20, 2012 Based on what they needed to get done in the Charleston, S.C. debate, Santorum and Gingrich probably had the best nights while it worked out less well for Romney. Gingrich, dealing with the fallout of an ex-wife's sordid accusation, had a choice, he could be contrite or go after the media. He decided if there was going to be a villain in the piece, it would be the media, not him.
January 19, 2012 Declaring a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses might not help Rick Santorum, but it could hurt Mitt Romney. Still, his closest rival in South Carolina — Newt Gingrich — faces new troubles of his own.