Obama will be headlining a youth rally in Columbia, according to White House officials, in the run-up to the speech he will deliver Saturday to mark the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma.
While South Carolina is also a red state, it has a large African American community that backed Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, where he was facing off against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The South Carolina Democratic Party celebrated the announcement with a tweet that gave credit to Rep. James E. Clyburn (S.C.), a member of the House Democratic leadership who successfully lobbied for Obama to visit his home state.
When will South Dakota and Utah get a visit from the 44th president? Sometime before January 2017, no doubt.