Election 2020
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Biden nabs endorsement from Sumter's Clyburn before South Carolina primary

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, a Sumter native who is the highest-ranking black member of Congress and the kingmaker of South Carolina's Democratic political orbit, on … more

In S.C., Buttigieg faces black voters wary of gay candidate

CONWAY - South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy is fine with a gay presidential candidate like Pete Buttigieg. His older male relatives are not - and that may be the defining challenge of Buttigieg's campaign. As Buttigieg tries to sustain his … more

5 questions before the Democrats' South Carolina debate

Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls face off Tuesday night in South Carolina for the 10th Democratic debate. Five questions ahead of that forum: HOW DOES SANDERS HANDLE ATTACKS? Vermont Sen. … more

Democratic presidential primary candidates set sights on S.C. and Sumter

Democratic presidential candidates vying for their party's nomination are converging on South Carolina ahead of its Saturday primary, kicking the week off with a debate tonight in Charleston. Seven candidates have qualified for the debate, which … more

Lee County sheriff seeks 3rd term, wants to continue fight against drugs

Seeking a third four-year term in office, Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon wants to continue his service and treat the county and its citizens with honor and respect. "It has been an honor to represent the citizens of Lee County for the past four … more

Generational split among black voters could hurt Biden in S.C.

COLUMBIA - For James Felder, the question of which presidential candidate to support in the South Carolina primary has never been terribly complicated. The 80-year-old civil rights activist has always backed Joe Biden, appreciative of the eight … more

One clear message from Democrats: We want big change

WASHINGTON — Democrats' desire for dramatic political change has emerged as a driving force in the party's presidential primary battle, one that extends beyond the progressive wing and presents … more

Sumter's U.S. Congressman Clyburn to endorse presidential candidate Wednesday

CHARLESTON — Moderate Democrats grew increasingly nervous Sunday that Democratic presidential primary candidate Bernie Sanders’ Nevada caucus win on Saturday and his call for a political … more

Karen Pence adds campaigning for President Trump to busy to-do list

WASHINGTON - Karen Pence has no shortage of projects. The wife of Vice President Mike Pence promotes the healing power of art therapy and help for military spouses. She's into honeybees and supports sister cities. She's a watercolorist who … more

Coroner Baker announces re-election bid in Sumter

His job has kept Robbie Baker busy, and he wants to retain it come November. Sumter County's coroner announced via The Sumter Item he intends to seek re-election for a second four-year term. Baker was first elected in 2016 after he won the … more

Absentee voting open Saturday in Sumter, weekdays for presidential primary

Absentee voting for the Democratic presidential preference primary will be open today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sumter County Voter Registration and Election office, 141 N. Main St. in the old Sumter County courthouse. Registered voters - … more

Sumter Dems emphasize importance of voting

To vote means to have a voice, and the Sumter County Democratic Party emphasized that notion and the importance of not only voting in the 2020 general election but the presidential primaries, as well, on Friday.With the Democratic presidential … more

Sumter private investigator Drayton considers city council run

A Sumter businessman and former local and statewide candidate wants to run for what is looking so far to be an open Sumter City Council seat. Eddie Drayton said he wants to help improve Sumter for the "betterment of everyone" and his … more

City Councilman David Merchant to run for Sumter mayor

A businessman who currently sits on Sumter City Council wants to take the helm. After The Sumter Item initially reported at the beginning of the week that Mayor Joe McElveen, Sumter’s … more

Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen will not seek re-election in November

Sumter will see a change in leadership next year at the highest city level. Mayor Joe McElveen has decided he will not seek re-election after completing his current term after 20 years in office. … more

2020 Democratic candidates aim to bring messages into rural America

DENMARK - Deanna Miller Berry doesn't often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. "What is your plan to fix … more
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