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.
January 15, 2012 In a gathering in Texas this weekend, evangelical Christian leaders and activists threw their collective weight behind presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Instead of demonstrating their power, though, the 11th-hour endorsement may well be a revelation of their weakness as a force within the GOP.
January 13, 2012 Candidates like Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan spoke at Bob Jones University. But it wasn't a natural fit for Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith has been described by the school as a "cult."
January 13, 2012 With South Carolina's GOP presidential primary a week from Saturday, TV viewers in the state are getting an eyeful of political ads. It seems almost everyone who is running has bought time. And so have the superPACs, which are forbidden to coordinate with the campaigns.
January 12, 2012 An Insider Advantage poll done for The Augusta Chronicle and The Savannah Morning News show Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in a statistical tie. Romney's support was put at 23 percent while Gingrich's was at 21 percent. The poll had a margin-of-error of 3.6 percent.