Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.
Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.
What they're saying: The paper noted that the eventual Democratic presidential nominee would face a "formidable general election opponent" in President Trump, "an incumbent armed with a strong economic record and a force of personality that has spawned a fiercely loyal base of supporters."
- That required the Democrats to nominate "an energetic, disciplined candidate who can offer voters a powerful yet pragmatic vision of a better America" and bring Americans together "based on broad common ground — and not divide them along narrow interests," and Buttigieg is "the best person to meet these challenges."