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Top state lawmakers want a presidential debate in N.C.

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger are pushing for a fourth debate to be held in North Carolina.

  Registration to fill former Rep. Clemmons’ seat in S.C. House opens Tuesday

  Pence talks reopening schools, COVID-19 impact to Myrtle Beach tourism in one-on-one interview

Vice President Mike Pence to visit S.C. on Tuesday

  Rep. Clemmons resigning from S.C. House of Representatives

DECISION 2020: As SC’s Senate race starts to gain national attention, here’s what’s going on

Graham: Push for DC statehood ‘a brazen power grab’ by Dems

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RNC announces Jacksonville, Fla. as host to celebratory part of 2020 convention, City of Charlotte responds

SC state treasurer says he’s ‘sick of being a second-class citizen’

Trump: RNC ‘forced to seek another state’ after N.C. gov. says full convention ‘unlikely’ in Charlotte

  Decision 2020: 3 Democratic candidates face off in primary to become the next Florence mayor

  N.C. Gov. Cooper responds to Trump RNC tweet: Pandemic response can not be political

Trump ‘would like’ RNC to stay in Charlotte despite threatening to pull if space can’t be ‘fully occupied’

Charleston MAGA boat parade on Sunday to show support for President Trump

A Make America Great Again parade is expected to happen Sunday afternoon in Charleston to show support for President Donald Trump.

Republican National Committee chairwoman speaks about RNC plans with convention 100 days away

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to WBTV in a Zoom interview Friday afternoon, addressing safety concerns about hosting a major convention during the pandemic.

  All S.C. voters allowed to vote absentee in June primaries, area election offices prepare for in-person voting

Every voter in South Carolina is now qualified to vote absentee in the June primaries and runoffs, according to the S.C. Election Commission.

  New bill says voters who choose to vote from home during pandemic should be able to

Some lawmakers will be pushing for changes to our state’s absentee process when they return to session, Tuesday, May 12. A bill being introduced in the House says there should be some adjustments made to protect voters amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  SLED investigating Georgetown County treasurer accused of hitting employee

Rep. Cunningham says he tested positive for COVID-19

State Representative proposes pause on evictions during the coronavirus outbreak in South Carolina

  Horry County Council holds second reading, public hearing for becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary

President Trump names NC Congressman Mark Meadows as new White House chief of staff

S.C. Senate passes education reform plan, bill now on its way to the House

President Trump holds leads against Biden, Sanders in latest Mason-Dixon poll

A new poll is giving some insight into how some voters are feeling about the presidential candidates.

  Horry County sees significant increase in voter turnout during Democratic primary

Thousands of people in Horry County voted in Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic Primary.

  Biden scores big win in S.C. Democratic Primary

Joe Biden is expected to claim victory in Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic Presidential Primary, according to the Associated Press

  Tom Steyer drops out of presidential race after S.C. primary

Billionaire Tom Steyer has dropped out of the race for the president following a disappointing finish in South Carolina’s Democratic primary, according to NBC News.

Joe Biden visits Toliver’s Barbershop ahead of S.C. primary

Biden's surge in the polls comes in the wake of key endorsements, such as Congressman Jim Clyburn’s endorsement earlier this week.

Will this time be different for Sanders in S.C.? He thinks so. So do his passionate supporters

Senator Bernie Sanders is facing a lot of criticism from his opponents, but he isn’t afraid to give it right back.

President Trump attacks Democrats, rallies supporters in S.C. hours before primary

The president addressed a packed stadium in North Charleston on Friday night.

  President Trump rallies thousands of supporters in N. Charleston

More than 13,000 people packed inside the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday to chance to see President Donald Trump.

  Tom Steyer makes final pitch to voters in the Midlands

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer sat down with some potential voters for lunch at the Palmetto Pig in downtown Columbia Friday afternoon.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Biden leads candidates in South Carolina donations

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg raised the most money from individual donations in South Carolina.

Decision 2020: South Carolina prepares for primary

Voting information for South Carolina residents.

LIST: Where to see candidates for president as they cross S.C. this week

In anticipation of the South Carolina Democratic Primary on Saturday, many of the candidates vying for the presidency will be in our state.

  Democratic candidates campaign in Grand Strand, across S.C. before Saturday showdown

It was a busy day of campaigning on Wednesday for a number of the Democratic candidates, who crisscrossed the Palmetto State, trying to prove why they’re the best to go up against President Donald Trump.

  Sanders holds rally in Myrtle Beach days before S.C. Democratic primary

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday.

  Rep. Jim Clyburn endorses Joe Biden before S.C. Democratic primary

The most influential Democrat in South Carolina and the state’s highest-ranking black member of Congress announced Wednesday morning that he is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.

  Political experts explain importance of South Carolina primary

The political world will shine its spotlight on South Carolina this week as numerous candidates make their final push before the state’s Democratic primary on Saturday.

New poll reveals tight race as Democratic presidential candidates cross S.C.

According to a recent NBC News/Marist Poll, Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading by four points in the Palmetto State.

Bernie Sanders holding Myrtle Beach rally ahead of SC primary

Democratic presidential candidates are unveiling rally dates ahead of the February 29 South Carolina state primary.

Presidential candidates get ready to descend on Carolinas

Michael Bloomberg has already opened up an office in the Queen City, Senator Bernie just visited and Pete Buttigieg is hosting an event later this month.

Vice President Pence in S.C. Thursday for 9th Annual Patriot Dinner

The vice president will visit West Columbia and Charleston.

S.C. lawmakers will not name interchange after President Trump or former President Obama

Among other things, members of the committee said they were weary of naming a state road or building after a living person.

Comedian Dave Chappelle makes campaign calls ahead of show benefiting Yang

Comedian Dave Chappelle was in Columbia on Jan. 29 for a comedy show, but before his performance a few people received surprise campaign calls from the superstar.

  Retired Horry County officer announces run for county council

A retired Horry County police officer announced Friday he'll run to represent the ninth district on county council.

Black Voters Matter Fund on three-day bus tour in SC

We’re now just weeks away from the South Carolina presidential primary election.

  Legislators move forward with bill that would add mental health, wellness instruction to public school curriculum

While South Carolina senators continued their work on S.419, legislators in the House passed various bills this week.

Voter registration deadline for Democratic presidential primary is Jan. 30

If you’re planning to vote in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary, the deadline to register is coming soon.

  Panel of S.C. senators take up bill that would create education savings accounts

One day after Senate Democrats promised to fight any school voucher programs in South Carolina “to the end”, a panel of Senators took up the Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Account Act (S.556).

McMaster discusses education, goals in State of the State address

Watch it live at 7 p.m. right here on wistv.com.

Changes announced for Horry County polling places ahead of Democratic primary

Elections officials have announced changes to some Horry County polling places before the Feb. 29 Democratic primary in South Carolina.

  Sen. Tim Scott encourages young leaders during Palmetto press tour in Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Some of South Carolina’s best young learners and leaders heard from a special guest on Friday in Myrtle Beach.

  S.C. lawmakers back in session for 2020; education reform bill and Hands-Free Act up for discussion

South Carolina lawmakers head back to session Tuesday for 2020 and some of their topics for the day are the education reform bill and the Hands-Free Act.

Tulsi Gabbard ‘not paying attention’ to polls ahead of Caucus Day

Gabbard said she wants to bring about real change as Commander in Chief, and she touts her military experience in understanding the complicated, tragic, and taxing toll wars can take on a country.

S.C. Senate Majority Leader says Fetal Heartbeat Bill doesn’t have enough votes to pass

The bill would ban women from getting an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, or around six weeks into a pregnancy -- with exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother.

Civil rights icon, Ga. representative John Lewis diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer

A prominent figure in the House of Representatives has announced that he has received a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

  If S.C. passes fetal heartbeat bill, one lawmaker wants the state to compensate mothers

The legislation would compensate certain mothers who would have gotten an abortion, but would instead be required to keep the pregnancy if a fetal heartbeat bill were signed into law.

  Horry Co. teacher says Governor’s proposed $3,000 raise could help her retire

A proposed $3,000 raise by Governor Henry McMaster is giving many teachers hope the state is moving in the right direction.

McConnell announces he’ll run for re-election next year

Sen. Mitch McConnell surprised nobody when he made the announcement in Frankfort just before 3 p.m. Friday.

Gaillard Center to host Democratic Presidential Primary debate in February 2020

Twitter will also be a partner in the debate.

Proposed bill may help provide employment for people with disabilities in SC

South Carolina Representatives Neal Collins and Mandy Powers Norrell prefiled a bill Dec. 11 that aims to create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Haley: Killer ‘hijacked’ Confederate flag meaning for some

Haley told conservative political commentator and Blaze TV host Glenn Beck that the flag had meant “service, and sacrifice and heritage” to some.

U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon confirmed as new U.S. District Judge for SC

Former U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon has been confirmed as the new U.S. District Judge for the state of South Carolina.

Buttigieg to participate in minimum wage roundtable in N. Charleston Sunday

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg will return to the Lowcountry Sunday where he will meet with fast-food workers fighting for a higher minimum wage.

  Three runoff elections set for Tuesday across Grand Strand

One runoff will determine the final seat for Myrtle Beach City Council.

Mark Sanford knew he wouldn’t become president. But he said his run was about something bigger.

Earlier this week, former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford pulled the plug on the longshot presidential campaign he announced in September.

Bill introduced to protect SC nurses, doctors in hospitals

South Carolina Rep. Wendell Gilliard announced on Wednesday he will pre-file a bill aimed at protecting nurses and doctors.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits South Carolina ahead of February primary

Warren says she is working around the clock to meet voters face to face ahead of the South Carolina democratic presidential primary in February.

  Presidential hopeful Cory Booker makes a stop in the Pee Dee

Democratic presidential nominee Cory Booker made a stop in the Pee Dee Friday during a tour of South Carolina.

  Two incumbents keep seats on Myrtle Beach City Council, runoff set to fill third open seat

One Myrtle Beach City Council seat remains up for grabs after incumbent Mary Jeffcoat found herself just 22 votes shy of the votes needed to retain her seat.

Decision 2019: What to know before heading to the polls

Polling places will open across the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee on Tuesday for a number of area elections that are taking place.

Meet the candidates: Seven vying for three Myrtle Beach City Council seats

The polls are just a few days away from opening and one of the biggest area races is the race to fill three seats on the Myrtle Beach City Council.

Seven candidates vying for three seats on Myrtle Beach City Council

In one week, voters will head to the polls across the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee to cast votes in area elections.

Graham introduces Senate resolution condemning process of impeachment inquiry in House

The resolution calls for House leadership to hold a formal vote to launch the impeachment inquiry before continuing with their investigation.

SC senators amend ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill to remove exceptions for rape, incest

The bill would ban abortions so long as a heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.

Congressman Rice writes letter opposing seismic blast-testing off S.C. coast

Congressman Tom Rice voiced his opposition again to seismic blast-testing off the South Carolina coast.

  Bill would require all sign language interpreters in SC hospitals, courtrooms and schools to become certified

Lawmakers are mulling over a piece of legislation that would require all sign language interpreters in the state to be nationally certified before they can be hired to work in hospitals, courtrooms, and public schools.

Cory Booker comes to South Carolina to discuss issues with voters

Presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker took questions from voters in Georgetown about key issues affecting people in rural areas Saturday.

South Carolinians are confused, sharing mostly negative sentiments on whistleblower story

After the news of a whistleblower accusing the President of covering up a conversation with the Ukrainian President came out, South Carolinians expressed more negative views towards President Trump than the whistleblower online.

Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is moving back to her native South Carolina, re-establishing a home base and also fueling speculation that a return to politics is next on her to-do list.