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Election 2020: Road to the White House

The University of South Carolina is a must-stop on the campaign trail for presidential hopefuls. Keep up with who's visiting campus during the 2020 election season here.

As one of the first presidential primary states in the nation — and the first in the South — the Palmetto State has historically played a pivotal role in deciding candidates’ fortunes. That’s why the University of South Carolina, the state's flagship university, is a critical stop for many presidential hopefuls. Whether on campus to give a stump speech to students or to participate in a debate or town hall, candidates from across the political spectrum have visited our university — from Donald Trump to Barack Obama.  

As the 2020 presidential election draws near, we're keeping a list of who comes through this season. Check back regularly for updates.


Dec. 1, 2019: Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont, spoke on Dec. 1 in the Russell House ballroom during an "eat and greet" event. The senator gave a speech and answered questions from students in the audience. At the time of the event, he was among the frontrunners in the Democratic candidate race.





Sept. 17, 2019: Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared on the Russell House Patio as a continuation of the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall series. Buttigieg gave a short talk and answered questions submitted by the crowd and moderated by UofSC student Lyric Swinton.





Sept. 15, 2019: Julián Castro

Presidential candidate Julián Castro spoke to an audience in the Russell House Ballroom. Castro appeared as part of the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall series, and was the only candidate of the three that visited campus on Sept. 15 who qualified for the televised debate on Thursday, Sept. 12.





Sept. 15, 2019: Bill DeBlasio

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio spoke to an audience in the Russell House Ballroom as another installment in the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall series. DeBlasio spoke and answered questions from students and members of the general public.






Sept. 15, 2019: Robby Wells

As part of the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall  series, Robby Wells hosted a roundtable event in the Russell House SEC Room. Wells, who is also a South Carolina alumnus, sat and answered questions with students.






March 22, 2019: Beto O'Rourke

During an event hosted by the UofSC College Democrats, presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke addressed a crowd of students and community members on the Russell House patio. O'Rourke first spoke to the student organization inside the Russell House, and then he moved outside to give a brief speech and answer questions from the crowd.




 Take a look back at some of the past visits from presidents and presidential candidates at UofSC.



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