The Latest: Bidens receive standing ovation at SC church

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The Latest: Bidens receive standing ovation at SC church
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the first rally of his 2020 campaign, Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential campaign (all times local):

9:20 a.m.

Democrat Joe Biden is wrapping up his first presidential campaign trip to South Carolina by worshipping at a prominent African American church in West Columbia.

Sitting on a front-center pew, the former vice president and his wife, Jill, received a standing ovation when the Rev. Charles B. Jackson of Brookland Baptist Church introduced them as “Dr. Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.”

The 76-year-old Catholic candidate smiled and waved.

“Dr. Joe, that was some major applause, my brother,” Jackson said.

Jackson praised his congregation as already approaching 100 percent voter registration and participation. He encouraged parishioners to “take somebody else to the polls with you.”

South Carolina hosts the South’s first presidential primary and is the first state in the Democratic nominating process where black voters wield considerable influence.

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8:25 a.m.

Democrat Joe Biden’s visit to a South Carolina church Sunday is part of his 2020 presidential campaign’s outreach to black voters, who play a pivotal role in the early-voting state’s primary.

The former vice president is wrapping up a two-day stop in South Carolina by attending services in West Columbia.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) of South Bend, Indiana, is holding a town hall in North Charleston, where African Americans account for nearly half the population.

Iowa is the focus for Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, and Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator. And Kamala (KAH’-mah-lah) Harris, the California senator, plans to attend an NAACP dinner in Detroit.