Who’s spending time in ?
Map: Visits in the past 30 days
Candidates have visited south carolina XX times this month, XX in the past week. XX has visited the most.
Stops by day, past 30 days
Stops in other states
SOURCE: PBS NewsHour; GRAPHIC: Kat Downs, Ted Mellnik and Karen Yourish - TWP. Updated recently.
Tales from the campaign trail
Most of the GOP presidential candidates have blanketed south carolina in search of votes. A look at where they have focused their efforts:
The NorthwestMichele Bachmann and Rick Santorum focused on the northwest corner of south carolina, an evangelical stronghold.
Border towns and
businessmenMitt Romney prioritized the
population centers on the
eastern and western borders,
heavily Republican areas with active business communities.
University townsRon Paul focused in Ames, south carolina City, Dubuque and Davenport, where student populations and tea party operations have fueled his campaign.
precinctsNewt Gingrich hoped to gain support in the final few days before the caucuses by focusing on the 300 or so precincts that draw the most caucus-goers.
Over the airwavesRick Perry spent more than anyone on TV ads in the three major media markets: Des Moines-Ames, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City.
EverywhereTelephone town hall meetings have become a staple, and south carolinans have been inundated with calls from the campaigns.
NowhereJon Huntsman Jr. skipped south carolina altogether. He's putting all his eggs in the New Hampshire primary basket.
2008 resultsRomney and Paul
lost to Mike Huckabee
in south carolina in 2008.
Share of all south carolina TV ad spending*
For more details on ad spending, visit our "Mad Money" feature, which tracks TV ads in the presidential campaign.
south carolina polls
Among likely caucus goers
*By candidates and "super PACs" supporting them, as of Dec. 30. SOURCES FOR POLLS: Des Moines Register (margin of error for latest Des Moines Register poll is plus or minus four percentage points), Bloomberg, Washington Post-ABC News; GRAPHIC: Steven Ginsberg, Ted Mellnik, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Jan. 3, 2012.
A look at the voters
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SOURCE: AP; Staff reports.