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  Vice President Mike Pence drives fundraising for Rep. Nancy Mace

Vice President Mike Pence helped Representative Nancy Mace bring in more than $100,000 at a campaign fundraiser at the Citadel Holiday Alumni Center on Tuesday.

RNC votes for ‘scaled back’ official business in Charlotte, no final decision made on site for celebration

Sheriff L.C. Knight wins Republican primary in Dorchester County

  Nancy Mace wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in SC’s 1st congressional district

  Lindsey Graham wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate

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

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

Community invited to pay final respects to civil rights leader and AME Bishop Zedekiah L. Grady

South Carolina Democratic Party updates county party conventions in response to coronavirus pandemic

  President Donald Trump’s campaign paid $80k for coliseum

  Biden says as nominee he would be better for Joe Cunningham’s re-election than others

  Bloomberg delays scheduled appearance at CNN town hall in Charleston

  Candidates attend church in Lowcountry ahead of primary week

Biden attended Royal Missionary Baptist Church, whilst Buttigieg attended First Baptist Church.

  Biden: ‘I think it diminishes our prospect’ of beating Trump if he’s not nominee

Democratic presidental candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that if he’s not the nominee, Democrats may be in trouble in November.

Lowcountry democrats attend events ahead of SC Primary

Democratic presidential hopeful and former vice president Joe Biden will be in the Lowcountry Saturday, just weeks before the South Carolina primary.

  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.

  Jill Biden makes campaign stops in Lowcountry ahead of democratic primary

  Berkeley Co. voters head to polls in special primary election

  Elizabeth Warren talks top issues and competing 2020 campaigns at College of Charleston

As deadline passes, 14 candidates file paperwork for S.C. Democratic party presidential primary

  Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visits with Lowcountry workers to discuss unions, minimum wage increase

Former South Carolina Senator Ralph Anderson passes away

Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford ends longshot 2020 presidential bid

Sanford’s decision to end his run comes little more than a week after he moved his campaign’s “home base” to New Hampshire.

  Investigation launched into N. Charleston mayoral candidate’s election day actions

The Dorchester County Election Commission has opened an internal investigation after a North Charleston mayoral candidate was accused of making inapproriate comments to a poll worker on Tuesday.

  Charleston mayoral candidates speak on different issues facing the city

There are six candidates in total, and Live 5 News asked each to give their take on issues that face the city

3 Democratic presidential candidates wrap up forum hosted by Benedict College

Day three of the candidate forum hosted by Benedict College wrapped up Sunday afternoon after three Democratic candidates running for president took the stage.

’We have some control today’: Benedict College, Columbia mayor change presidential forum after backlash

Seven Democratic candidates running for president were in Columbia Saturday for a forum and town hall at Benedict College.

  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.

  Sen. Kamala Harris spent time campaigning at a North Charleston church

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris took her campaign to church here in the Lowcountry. The California senator worshipped at one of the oldest churches in North Charleston.

  Emily England Clyburn, wife of SC congressman Jim Clyburn, dies at 80

Dr. Emily England Clyburn, the wife of House Majority Whip and South Carolina sixth district representative Jim Clyburn, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 80.

  Sen. Amy Klobuchar visits College of Charleston

Presidential candidate and senator, Amy Klobuchar, visited the College of Charleston on Monday morning for the bully pulpit series.

  Mark Sanford claims Republicans are burdened by ‘Trump fatigue,’ suffering from an identity crisis

Mark Sanford, a former governor and congressman for South Carolina, is the third Republican to challenge President Donald Trump for the party’s presidential nomination. However, many consider his campaign a longshot as GOP committees in several states forgo 2020 primaries.

  Julian Castro pushes his ‘People First’ presidential plans during visit to the College of Charleston

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro was the latest 2020 hopeful to visit the College of Charleston for the school’s “The Bully Pulpit” series.

Reports: President Trump’s personal assistant, a CofC grad, resigns

According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump’s personal assistant 28-year-old Madeleine Westerhout resigned on Thursday

  Beto O’Rourke returns to SC Monday for first visit since El Paso mass shooting

Former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic candidate for president Beto O’Rourke returns to South Carolina on Monday night.

  Charleston County gearing up for 2020 election, acquiring new voting equipment

With the 2020 election just over a year away, Charleston County is gearing up for voters to cast their ballot.

Rep. Cunningham votes ‘no’ on act to raise federal minimum wage to $15

In a significant departure from the Democratic party, Rep. Joe Cunningham voted “no” on Thursday afternoon to a bill which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15.

  2020 presidential candidate Steyer visits Charleston, talks about state of education

Within days of announcing his candidacy for the 2020 presidential race, Democratic hopeful Tom Steyer made one of his first stops in Charleston Friday.

  Charleston mayoral candidates race to raise money before November election

Just four months from now, people in Charleston will be voting for mayor. It's not cheap to run for office and candidates are busy raising money to get their message out to voters.

  Beto O’Rourke wants reparations for slave decedents, addresses other Lowcountry issues

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke was the only candidate from Saturday’s Black Economic Alliance forum to sit down with Live 5 News’ Kaitlin Stansell to address some of the Lowcountry’s most hot button issues.

Mt. Pleasant councilwoman to run for first district congressional seat in 2020

A Mount Pleasant town councilwoman will run for the first district congressional seat in 2020.

  Father pushes for stronger laws after son dies in motorcycle accident

A man is advocating for stronger legislation to hold drivers more accountable if they are involved in a fatal motorcycle accident.

South Carolina joins lawsuit against manufacturers in alleged conspiracy to fix prescription drug prices

Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a 44-state coalition led by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong in announcing a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce c

  Human Trafficking bill gains traction as legislative session comes to an end

A bill to increase penalties for human traffickers is gaining traction through the statehouse as the legislative session comes to an end.

Record number of unused prescriptions collected in SC in fight against opioid crisis

A new vending machine made an appearance at the State House this week and it’s not selling snacks. Instead, it’s providing information to help combat the state opioid crisis.

  Hundreds remember former Sen. Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings during visitation in Charleston

The visitation was the first of the “Three Days of Mourning” planned for Hollings, who died at the age of 97 in his Isle of Palms home on April 6.

  Revision to Folly Beach noise ordinance passes 1st reading

A plan to tighten Folly Beach’s noise ordinance including changes for the commercial district and the beach passed its first reading Tuesday night.

Senate passes mental health patient transportation bill after two women drowned

A bill that hopes to change the way that mental health patients are treated and transported will now head to the South Carolina House.

Feds, US Attorney uncovers nearly $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme dubbed ‘Operation Brace Yourself’

The scheme, entitled “Operation Brace Yourself," has more than 80 search warrants in 17 federal districts and originated in Charleston.

  Funeral arrangements announced for former US Sen. Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

Hollings served in Congress from 1966 to 2005

  South Carolina bartenders and servers may have to start taking alcohol training

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require bartenders and servers in South Carolina to go through alcohol training and learn how to serve alcohol responsibly.

  Mt. Pleasant town to seek outside council regarding hotel planned in Old Village

Mount Pleasant Town Council will hold a special meeting to seek legal advice relating to a hotel planned in the Old Village.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Congressman James Clyburn, Sen. Lindsey Graham react to Mueller report summary

In his statement, Graham wrote “No collusion and no obstruction. The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report.”

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

  Beto O’Rourke visits Charleston, brings out younger voters

The presidential candidate, father, and husband officially kicks off his campaign in his home of El Paso Texas on March 30th.

SC Senator introduces resolution pushing for sale of Santee Cooper

The joint resolution has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Governor McMaster has tweeted about the legislation, calling it “clear and decisive leadership.”

  ‘Fetal heartbeat’ bill proposes abortion restrictions, stirs up controversy

South Carolina State House representatives are considering a bill that would make it illegal for women to get an abortion if the doctor can detect a heartbeat from the fetus.

  Presidential candidate Julian Castro visits Lowcountry

Secretary Julian Castro says he is traveling South Carolina with a simple message.

Bernie Sanders gets 7 stitches after cutting head on shower door

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign says the Vermont senator received treatment at a walk-in clinic Friday for a minor injury while campaigning in South Carolina.

  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders holds rally in North Charleston

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in North Charleston on Thursday for the first time since announcing his 2020 presidential run.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

Group launches study on the potential impact of gaming, gambling in South Carolina

According to a 2017 Winthrop University poll, 67 percent of South Carolinians were in favor of allowing casinos if the revenue was used for a specific need, such as roads.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

Grand Strand business owner says thousands of animals will be killed during seismic testing

A Grand Strand business owner says if seismic testing occurs off the South Carolina coast, thousands of animals will be killed as a result.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker campaigns in Lowcountry

New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker stopped in Downtown Charleston Saturday to speak to Lowcountry supporters.

SC asks courts for injunction to block pending offshore testing, in addition to current seismic lawsuit

South Carolina is asking court for injunction to block pending offshore testing, in addition to the current federal lawsuit to oppose plans to allow offshore drilling tests along the Carolina coast.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Ex-campaign worker filed lawsuit claiming Trump kissed her without consent; White house issued denial

The woman who filed the lawsuit says then-candidate Donald Trump "grasped her hand and did not let go" and kissed her on the corner of her mouth as she turned slightly away.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.