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Lt. Gov. Austin Davis to campaign for Biden in South Carolina

By: - January 30, 2024 2:44 pm

Lt. Governor Austin Davis, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and several other Shapiro Administration cabinet members joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Congressman G.T. Thompson, Senator Judy Schwank, and numerous other agriculture industry and youth agriculture leaders to officially open the 108th Pennsylvania Farm Show. Pictured here is Lt. Governor Austin Davis, delivering remarks on the first day of the event. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. January 6, 2024.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Austin Davis will visit South Carolina on Wednesday to support President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign. Davis will be aboard the First In The Nation (FITN) bus tour, which is scheduled to make four campaign stops in the Palmetto State.

Davis will attend a tour stop in Summerville, a baptist church in Berkeley County, join a barbershop conversation in the West Ashley section of Charleston, and finish the day at a restaurant on the city’s East Side. He will be joined on the FITN bus tour by members of South Carolina’s legislature and the state’s Democratic Party leadership. 

Democrats’ South Carolina primary presidential election date is Feb. 3, which is the first time in the 2024 cycle that Biden’s name will be on a primary ballot. Biden won the New Hampshire primary election on Jan. 23 via a write-in campaign. 

Although South Carolina is a state Republicans traditionally carry in the general election, it remains an important state for Democrats during the primary election. 

During the 2020 contest for the Democratic Party nomination, South Carolina delivered Joe Biden his first victory, after he finished in fourth place in the Iowa caucus, fifth place in the New Hampshire primary election, and second place in the Nevada caucus.

Biden visited South Carolina on Saturday in an effort to earn support from Black voters, saying they’re the reason he is president and “the reason we’re gonna win” in 2024. South Carolina U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn has also joined Biden on the campaign trail

Davis, who was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (DLGA) in December, is the youngest lieutenant governor in the nation and the first Black lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania history.

He’s not the first Pennsylvania elected official to visit South Carolina on behalf of the Biden campaign. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Pennsylvania Auditor General, visited South Carolina earlier this month to promote Biden’s reelection bid. 

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro (D) and U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) have also left the Keystone State in recent months to promote the Democratic Party agenda. 

Shapiro was the keynote speaker at a gathering of New Hampshire Democrats in September and touted his administration’s “GSD attitude.” Fetterman was the headline speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Liberty & Justice Dinner in November and is scheduled to speak to Idaho Democrats in March at a Democratic Party event.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.