Presidential campaign snapshots: Saturday, Feb. 20
■Jeb Bush says he’s “excited where we stand” as he faces a critically important test in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary.
Bush says he’s going to “work hard for the day” and await results after the polls close at 7 p.m. He says “it’s interesting that a lot of people claim they’re undecided this late.”
The former Florida governor entered the 2016 presidential race as an early favorite. But he may need a third-place finish — if not better — in South Carolina in order to remain a viable candidate.
■Ted Cruz has taken time away from campaigning in South Carolina to attend the funeral Mass in Washington for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Texas senator has a personal connection to the high court: In the late 1990s, he served as a law clerk for a year to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
■Hundreds of voters are lining up to see Ohio Gov. John Kasich — in Massachusetts, not South Carolina.
Kasich is spending the day of the South Carolina Republican primary campaigning in Massachusetts and Vermont, states that vote on March 1. He’s about to kick off an afternoon town hall in Worcester, Mass., following a morning meeting with in Burlington, Vermont. He’ll watch the South Carolina primary results with supporters in Boston.
■Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is questioning whether President Barack Obama would have attended Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral Mass “if it were held in a mosque.”
Trump says on Twitter that it’s “very sad” that Obama didn’t attend Saturday’s service in Washington.
Vice President Joe Biden represented the administration. Obama visited the court on Friday to view Scalia’s flag-draped casket.
Trump has raised questions about Obama’s birthplace and religion, falsely suggesting that Obama was born outside the United States and is a Muslim.
Trump’s tweet came as South Carolina was holding its GOP primary.
■Hillary Clinton worked to pull out a victory in Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, seeking to undercut the headway of rival Bernie Sanders and boost her presidential bid as the campaign broadens to primary contests across the country.
Clinton made her way through a college campus, a youth employment program, a town-hall event with high school students and casino workers at Planet Hollywood in hopes of motivating the Las Vegas-area minority voters and union members who could give her the edge over Sanders.
“I need your help,” Clinton told a supportive crowd on the eve of the caucuses.
■Bernie Sanders made an impromptu stop at a Las Vegas high school, walking past a long line of caucus-goers and answering questions about his campaign.
Sanders asks at Western High School, “Any questions I can answer?”
He is talking to voters about health care and getting big money out of politics. He jokes, “It’s a never ending line!”
A reporter asked Sanders how he’s feeling on caucus day. He replied: “The bigger the turnout, the better I feel.”