Politico/ The Associated Press – 4:13 PM EDT Thursday, January 6, 2019 – 5:33 PM EDT South Carolina’s Democratic primary is set for Tuesday, and its primary-year race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Sen. Jim Webb is the marquee contest.
The two candidates are among the top five in the polls ahead of Tuesday’s vote.
Webb, a former two-term U.S. senator from Virginia, has long been considered a front-runner in the Democratic primary.
He won a second term in the Senate in 2018, and the Associated Press said he’s favored to win the party’s nomination in 2020.
A Democratic strategist with close ties to Webb, who also ran for governor in 2016, said he plans to spend much of Tuesday at the Clinton campaign office in Charleston, South Carolina.
But he said he’ll also meet with other top candidates and the media, including on the campaign trail.
The AP reported that a former president of the South Carolina Democratic Party, a top aide to former President Bill Clinton and other state Democratic officials, will be traveling with Webb.
The Associated Statesman-Register reported that former President George W. Bush is expected to campaign with Webb on Tuesday.
But a spokesman for the Bush campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Clinton has been campaigning heavily in South Carolinas for months, but the former secretary of state is still the favorite to win.
But she has struggled to raise money and to tap into a strong voter base in a state that’s traditionally been blue and Republican.
Her support has dwindled as she has trailed in recent polls in the race.
Websharing her office Wednesday, Clinton said she’s excited to meet the candidates and to help them get their message out to voters.
Webb, the former governor of Virginia, is widely considered the front-running candidate in the Republican primary.
Webb also has been the subject of speculation over whether he should run for president.
But it’s unclear if the campaign has discussed a potential White House bid.
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