election 2020

The University of South Carolina recently hosted a virtual question and answer session with Professor Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research and author of the book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 17, 2020 features: a continued look into the 2020 election with two of South Carolina's top political science professors; insight from one of the country’s most outspoken voices on anti-racism, Prof. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University; a profile of one restaurant chain growing amid the pandemic; and more.

This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 14, 2020, features: a look at the exponential growth of COVID-19 cases across the country; an update on election security, including comments from South Carolina lawmakers regarding the presidential race; how the likelihood of mental illness increases with a COVID-19 diagnosis; and more.

A Richland County Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots in Columbia, SC, on November 4, 2020.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 10, 2020, features: the latest on presidential election, including comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC); a look at Pfizer's promising COVID-19 vaccine; an update from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on the health of the US economy; and more.

SC Lede: InstaGraham

Nov 7, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham celebrates after being elected for a fourth term on November 3, 2020, at the Pastides Alumni Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
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On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 7, 2020, we hear from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about how he won the most expensive Senate race in history, his thoughts on the current presidential election count, and how he plans to work with Joe Biden, should the Democratic candidate become president. Also on this episode: an update on the First Congressional District race; warnings from DHEC about a potential COVID wave; suicide prevention efforts during the pandemic; and much more.  

Clockwise from top left: Jamie Lovegrove, Meg Kinnard, and Gavin Jackson
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Throughout the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede has kept you up to speed on what's happening the on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of November 5, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The Post and Courier's Jaime Lovegrove and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the results of the South Carolina US Senate race, congressional district races, and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham celebrates after being elected for a fourth term on November 3, 2020, at the Pastides Alumni Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
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Following his toughest political fight yet, long-time Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told supporters at a watch party in Columbia Tuesday night the victory was an answer to a lot of prayers.  He says he's grateful to have secured a fourth term in the U.S. Senate and he's never wanted the job more.

President Donald Trump (left) and Democratic challenger, former Vice-President Joe Biden
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In the final hours of this year’s presidential campaign, Donald Trump and Joe Biden have been flying in and out of the so-called battleground states, states with sizeable electoral votes and with a recent history of being able to be carried by the candidate of either party.  So it’s no surprise that again this year South Carolina received almost no attention  from the campaigns … with one brief exception: 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison hit the campaign trail for final push before Election Day.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for November 3, 2020, features: a look at the final push by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison; the latest on absentee voting; how one woman with agoraphobia has been handling the pandemic; and more.

 Senator LIndsey Graham, left; challenger Jaime Harrison
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Republican Lindsey Graham is seeking his fourth term in the U.S. Senate, and is facing the most serious challenge of his political career from Democrat Jaime Harrison, an African American attorney who has raised a national record of more than $100 Million.  Combined with Graham’s over $75 Million the race has become the most expensive Senate race ever in the country, and perhaps this year’s second most watched race behind the residential contest:

South Carolina Ports are expected to see steady growth in 2021 as consumer spending rebounds and supply chain disruptions diminish.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 31, 2020, features: a look at the competitive First Congressional District race between incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Cunningham and Republican challenger Nancy Mace; an economic update on South Carolina's ports and Boeing; comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci on the latest development of a coronavirus vaccine; and more.

Early Voters Turn Out In Record Numbers Statewide

Oct 27, 2020
Absentee voters wait in line outside Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant
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From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, absentee or early voters are making their way to the polls in droves.  The state election commission estimates more than one million absentee ballots could be cast in South Carolina.

People outside of the South Carolina Statehouse hold silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness ceremony on October 6, 2020. The silhouettes represent those who died from domestic violence in 2019.
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This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 27, 2020, features: the voices of voters from around the state a week out from Election Day; a look at efforts to prevent domestic violence in South Carolina; the importance of getting the flu vaccine is this winter; and more.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) holds a rally in Columbia, SC, on October 17, 2020. Both he and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison have ramped up in-person events with less than two weeks to go until Election Day.
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Leading up to the 2020 election, the South Carolina Lede is keeping you up to speed on what the candidates are saying on the campaign trail in the Palmetto State with these "Trail Bites" mini-episodes.

On this edition for the week of October 22, 2020, host Gavin Jackson is joined by The State's Maayan Schechter, The Post and Courier's Jaime Lovegrove, and The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard to discuss the latest on the US Senate race between incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, the 1st and 2nd congressional district races, and more.

Fact Check: Biden's DNC Speech

Aug 20, 2020
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Joe Biden is formally accepting the Democratic Party's nomination for president on Thursday. NPR reporters are providing live analysis of his remarks.

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Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. NPR will post to the convention blog, here, througout the day. Live coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday's speakers include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama.

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