As South Carolina prepares to hold its Republican primary, the economically depressed state already has revealed a definitive issue of the 2012 presidential campaign: How can government best serve a record number of jobless and poor?
Jan. 16, 2012 Steven Murdock, 39, from Conway, S.C., is photographed at his home. Murdock is jobless and has been looking for work for the past year. He says he applied for 60 jobs in the past year, sold his lawn mower, car, guns and tools, and has become a regular at Conway’s day labor centers. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post Buy Photo