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ICYMI: South Carolina Democrats Launch Historic GOTV Program Ahead of First in the Nation Primary

Dec 12, 2023

S.C.  Yesterday , SCDP Chair Christale Spain, SCDP Executive Director Jay Parmley, and DNC Chair Jaime Harrison launched SCDP’s get out the vote (GOTV) program with new initiatives generating visibility, voter education, and excitement around South Carolina’s historic first in the nation primary.


SCDP will deploy nearly 50 new staff, conduct outreach to voters in all 46 counties, strengthen the relationships between the state party and county chairs, and launch a statewide bus tour dedicated to reaching voters where they are.

Take a look at what Spain, Parmley, and Harrison said during yesterday’s launch:

“The South Carolina Democratic Party is building a diverse statewide team of folks to lead brand new voter contact and voter education programs in every corner of the state, from our largest metropolitan areas to our smallest rural counties. Over the phone, on the doorstep, and at community-led events – South Carolina Democrats will be meeting voters where they are to talk to them about this primary,” said South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Christale Spain. “We’re going to fight to keep our first in the nation status by making sure our voters know how to seize this opportunity. And we’re going to build better, stronger relationships with our local partners and allies because it’s going to take a team effort to do that. This is the beginning of a new era for the South Carolina Democratic Party – one where we use our resources to meet voters early and often, not just around election time.”

“I’ve had a front row seat watching South Carolina Democrats not only pick nominee after nominee, but president after president, so I cannot emphasize enough how excited our Democrats are across South Carolina to be the first in the nation to pick the Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” said South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley. “On January 13, the SCDP will launch the First in the Nation roadshow – a statewide tour where we will meet voters where they are. Also, we’re going to help people make sure they’re registered to vote … and also help people make a plan on how they will vote on February 3. Like we’ve been saying, this really just isn’t for the next 54 days. We’re really doing this to jumpstart our organizing efforts for 2024.”

“This is about so much more than just being first on the calendar. As a Black man from South Carolina, this is so personal to me. This is about the people in our country that are not seen, that are not heard, and that don’t feel valued. … Bringing South Carolina to the forefront of our primary is about making sure that our story and our people are represented, that they’re heard, that they’re valued. … Remember, it was the people of South Carolina who put our president on the path to the White House. South Carolinians know the value and reverberations when we make our voices heard,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “And that is why I am so proud of the new programs and investments that Christale, and Jay, and the state party are making to ensure that every single person – from the Upstate to the Low Country to the Midlands to the Pee Dee – is able to make their voices heard on February 3. … So whether it is all of the new staff, the new voter registration program, and yes, the First in the Nation bus tour – we’re keeping our foot on the gas between now and primary day.”

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