Several prospective future presidents have passed through Rock Hill in recent weeks. Now the city will be visited by a former commander-in-chief as well.
Bill Clinton will make an appearance in Rock Hill on Thursday as part of a get-out-the-vote effort on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign.
A news release from Hillary for America lists Rock Hill as a planned stop Thursday along with Spartanburg and Winnsboro. The visit comes two days before South Carolina Democrats head to the polls to decide between Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the party’s presidential nomination.
The release does not specify a place or time for the former president’s visit. More details are expected soon.
Bill Clinton returns to the campaign trail on behalf of his wife eight years after he last toured South Carolina promoting her ultimately unsuccessful race for the 2008 nomination against then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama ended up winning South Carolina’s primary with 55 percent of the vote.
Hillary Clinton comes into Saturday’s Democratic primary leading Sanders by more than 20 points in most polls, and following a victory in Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday. Sanders is expected to struggle to overcome a deficit among black voters who will predominate the state’s primary.
Saturday’s primary comes just one week after Donald Trump came in first in the state’s GOP contest, beating out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who fought each other for second place.
Clinton, Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley appeared together in Rock Hill in November at a Winthrop University forum that was televised nationwide on MSNBC. Sanders also had a separate rally in Rock Hill last September.
Polls will be open Saturday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Any registered voter who did not cast a ballot in last week’s Republican primary is eligible to vote.