Presidential politics topic of Citadel symposium

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — This year’s presidential race is the focus of the annual Symposium on Southern Politics at The Citadel.

The two-day symposium opens Thursday at the military college in Charleston. There are 11 panels featuring political scientists and scholars from around the country during the event.

A discussion on Friday will focus on how the GOP will fare this year as it tries to find a nominee and whether President Barack Obama can again carry Southern states like Florida, North Carolina and Virginia.

Other topics will include race in Southern politics, straight-ticket voting and the importance of Southern identity in politics.

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