- The Washington Times - Monday, February 1, 2016

JEFFERSON, Iowa — Hours before the country’s first nominating contest here gets underway here Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton braced for a possible loss by sending President Bill Clinton to campaign for her in South Carolina.

The campaign announced that Mr. Clinton will stump Wednesday in South Carolina, where Mrs. Clinton has worked to build a firewall against rival Sen. Bernard Sanders.

Mrs. Clinton is in a neck-and-neck race with Mr. Sanders in Iowa and trailing him by double digits for the next contest in New Hampshire. Two straight loses to Mr. Sanders, a democratic socialist from Vermont pushing a far-left agenda, would be a humiliating setback for the the woman considered the party’s inevitable nominee.

But then there’s South Carolina. Mrs. Clinton enjoys a 29-point advantage over Mr. Sanders in the Palmetto State, according to the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls.

South Carolina holds its first-in-the-South primary Feb. 27.

Mr. Clinton will speak at an event hosted at Allen University in Columbia. He will argue that his wife is the best choice for South Carolina, describing her as a tireless fighter that Americans need to get things done and protect the progress made under President Obama, according to the campaign.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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