The focus on the campaign trail proper turned to South Carolina. Both NBC's Ron Allen and ABC's Jake Tapper (at the tail of the David Wright videostream) were on hand to preview the state's Republican debate in Myrtle Beach on Fox News Channel. John McCain and Mike Huckabee hold frontrunner status there--McCain, the former prisoner of war, in this "veteran-rich state," ABC's Tapper explained; Huckabee, the former preacher, because of its "Southern Baptist roots," according to NBC's Allen.
ABC also took a look at the Democratic race in South Carolina. David Wright cited its nickname as "the black primary" because African-American voters "play such a decisive role." NBC led off its newscast with Andrea Mitchell's coverage of the endorsement of Barack Obama by John Kerry, the Democrats' nominee in 2004. She called it "a snub to his former running mate John Edwards" although she did point out that Kerry selected Obama four years ago as his Convention keynote speaker, even though the Illinois pol back then was still "just a state senator."
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