GOP nomination

Trump Snubs Scott's South Carolina Town Hall

Trump speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last year. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald J. Trump, the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, has declined to participate in one in a series of town halls run by South Carolina's most popular politician, making the real estate mogul the only high-polling candidate to snub the state.  

Because the Palmetto State is third in line to vote on the party's nominee, because it's first in the South, and because Sen. Tim Scott's job approval is hovering in the heavens, his endorsement and support is as coveted as can be making the Trump no-show all the more conspicuous.  

Clinton, Rubio Tussle on Abortion

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If drawing the attention of the Democratic front-runner is a sign of strength, then Sen. Marco Rubio is rising in stature.  

Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the Florida Republican's stance on abortion Monday at an event in New Hampshire, an outlook he'd voiced during last week's Republican presidential debate. Clinton went so far as to compare Rubio's comments to those Donald Trump made about women before, during and after the debate — comments she called "offensive" and "outrageous."