Top Candidates In South Carolina For King Day Event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three of the Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination are set to speak Monday at a Martin Luther King Day rally at the South Carolina statehouse.

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards will be speaking to their target audience, with black voters expected to make up about half of those casting ballots in Saturday’s Democratic primary.

The “King Day at the Dome” was created in part to criticize the flying of the Confederate flag over the statehouse.

On Sunday, Obama’s wife Michelle and Clinton’s daughter Chelsea were tucked among hundreds of congregants on opposite sides of a black church, clapping in unison with the choir during Sunday services.

The sermon was delivered by a state senator who’s a paid consultant for the Clinton campaign. A member of the church is Obama’s South Carolina political director.