President Obama coming to Columbia

Mar 2, 2015

— President Barack Obama will visit South Carolina for the first time since winning the state’s Democratic presidential primary in 2008.

Obama will attend a youth rally Friday at Benedict College, a historically black private school in Columbia, The White House said. Details about the president’s trip will be released later this week.

His visit will come two weeks after Vice President Joe Biden swung through Columbia and Charleston.

South Carolina is one of three states Obama has not visited since becoming president. Utah and South Dakota are the others.

The president has not come to South Carolina until this week because it is one of the more Republican-dominant states in the country, Winthrop University political scientist Scott Huffmon said. Obama failed to top Republican rivals in the Palmetto State on his way to victories in the 2008 and 2012 general elections.

“It’s more about how useful is a visit than any snub of South Carolina,” Huffmon said. “You have to make strategic use of a president’s time. It’s a finite resource.”