US Prez poll 2016: Facts to know about South Carolina and its Republican Primary

Columbia, Feb 20: The "First in the South" Republican primaries for nominating the candidate for this year's presidential election in the US will be held in South Carolina on Saturday (February 20).

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Here are some facts about the state of South Carolina and the Republican Primary to be held there.



About South Carolina: Located in the southeastern US, South Carolina is the 40th largest state of the country and the 23rd most populous. The state has North Carolina to the north, Georgia to the south and west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.Its capital is Columbia, which is also its largest city. It was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation and the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in May 1788. Its current Governor is Republican Nikki Haley.

5 facts about the South Carolina Primary:

Timing: Both the Republican and Democratic primaries (scheduled next Saturday, Feb 27) will be open from 7 am to 7 pm (5.30 pm to 5.30 am IST on Feb 20-21).

Delegates: Republicans have 50 delegates at stake while Democrats have 59 of them. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has reportedly claimed support of three of the state's six superdelegates ahead of the primary poll.

Who is leading: While Donald Trump has a big lead over his opponents in the Republican camp, Hillary Clinton is leading against Bernie Sanders, latest polls have said.

Issues and things to look for: The state has a large African-American population is larger and with several myriad military bases and academies, it is also home to veterans. South Carolina is known for its ability to predict the eventual Republican candidate (every Republican winner of this primary has gone on to become the nominee since 1980, with one exception in 2012). This time, it will be a tight race and thre could be more casualties in the Republican camp once the primary gets over. Candidates like Ben Carson and John Kasich will be under a close monitoring.

Primary track records: This primary, for predicting the front-runner, is known as a "firewall" in the Republican circles while for the Democrats, it has historically been more unpredictable. In 1988, the state had a caucus in lieu of a primary and chose Democrat Jesse Jackson.

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