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Presidential candidates campaign in Upstate

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With the Republican and Democratic primaries just days away, Upstate residents will have opportunities to hear and meet candidates at upcoming events.

Feb. 19

Marco Rubio will hold a rally in Clemson Friday night with Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Madren Conference Center Pavilion, located at 230 Madren Center Drive in Clemson. Email events@marcorubio.com for registration information.

Ted Cruz will hold a rally in Greenville Friday night with the "Duck Commander" Phil Robertson from TV's Duck Dynasty. The rally will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Greenville Marriott, located on the Parkway off Pelham Road at I-85. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush will two stops in the Upstate Friday to stump for her son, Jeb Bush, before appearing with Jeb for a rally Friday night.

Barbara Bush's first stop will be at Wade's Restaurant in Spartanburg at 9:30 a.m. Wade's is located at 1000 N. Pine St.

Next, she will head to the Kroc Community Center in Greenville at noon. the Kroc Center is located at 242 Westfield Street.

Both Barbara and Jeb Bush will speak at the Golden Corner Rally in Central at 6:45 p.m. The rally will be at Daniel High School, located at 1819 Six Mile Highway.

Feb. 20

Two GOP candidates will hold watch parties in the Upstate on Saturday as primary numbers come in.

Donald Trump will hold a South Carolina Primary Watch Party at the Spartanburg Marriott. The event begins at 8 p.m. More information is available here

Ben Carson's Primary Watch Party will be at Embassy Suites in Greenville.

Click here to road more about the remaining GOP candidate's watch parties, which are taking place in other parts of the state.

Important Info for Voters

Fox Carolina spoke with Conway Belangia, who is the Director of Voter Registration in Greenville County. He wants to remind South Carolina voters that you do not need to be a registered member of a party to take part in the primaries, but you can only vote in one primary, not both of them. 

Also, you will need a valid photo ID to vote. That can be a South Carolina driver’s license, an ID card issued by the SC DMV, a South Carolina voter registration card with photo, a federal military ID or a US passport.

Absentee voting is currently underway in Greenville County. Voters who are out of town, or if you qualify by your age of 65 or older, you can vote this way.

The location is at the Greenville County Board of Voter Registration Office at 301 University Ridge. Office hours are 8:30 am until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours for absentee voting will be Saturday February 20th for the Democratic Primary, from 9 am until 1 p.m.  The office will be open extended hours for absentee voting on Thursday, February 25th, until 7 p.m.

For more information about voting in Greenville County, click here.

And for more information about voting in South Carolina, click here

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