Politics

Delegating Denver #45 of 56: South Carolina

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South Carolina

Total Number of Delegates: 54 Pledged: 45 Unpledged: 9

How to Recognize a South Carolina Delegate: The tourism slogan of "Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places" is just a poetic figure of speech for this state's ability to "grin and bear it." South Carolinians have not had it easy. The uplands were populated by poor Scots driven out of Virginia, and the low country was peopled with slaves from the west coast of Africa. At first the aristocracy, and later the government, managed the suspicious masses through intimidation and indoctrination. The culture of power is still prevalent today, from the Old Testament dating rules imposed upon students at Bob Jones University in Greenville to the new-world ordering of jarheads at the Marine Corps Boot Camp on Parris Island. The recent population boom of relocating Florida retirees and the tightening job market has only preserved the practices of forming cliques and fitting in. South Carolinians in Denver will be the delegates who like to hang out in small packs at convenience stores and ask status-conscious questions like "Where do your kids go to school?' and "What kind of Volvo do you drive?" Females will wear lightweight long-sleeved cotton blouses over tight-fitting tank tops and cotton slacks. Males will proudly wear pastel shades of Charleston Khakis made by Berle Manufacturing, topped with Vineyard Vines Thin Striped Murray shirts. Fair Warning: South Carolinians love period dress. They are the delegation most likely to be seen at convention parties in pirate, American Revolution and/or Civil War costumes.

Famous South Carolinians: 2008 presidential candidates Stephen Colbert and John Edwards; civil rights activist Jesse Jackson; Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; actresses Kristin Davis, Andie MacDowell, Mary-Louise Parker and Monique Coleman; funnymen Chris Rock and Andy Dick; letter turner Vanna White; musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Chubby Checker, James Brown and Eartha Kitt; "Hootie" Darius Rucker, Mamas & the Papas leader John Phillips; Iron & Wine folkie Samuel Beam; athletes Shoeless Joe Jackson, Althea Gibson, Jim Rice and Kevin Garnett.

Famous South Carolina Democrats: Democratic party founder and 7th United States president Andrew Jackson; 7th United States vice-president John C. Calhoun; former governor, senator and Supreme Court justice James F. Byrnes; former governor and senator Fritz Hollings; former member of the United States House of Representatives Liz J. Patterson; 26th Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives Jim Clyburn; organic hog farmer and failed Agriculture secretary Emile DeFelice.

Famous South Carolinians With Denver Connections: Former Denver Nuggets forward Alex English; space artist and binary star Dr. Dirk Terrell.

State Nickname: The Palmetto State, the Swamp State, the Iodine State (official); the Sand-Lapper State, the Sand-Trapper State, South of the Border (unofficial).

Population: 4,321,249 Racial Distribution: 66% white, 29% black, 1% Asian, 4% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $26,132 Unemployment: 7.2%

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Sean Cronin