South Carolina's "first in the South" primary has a track record of picking the Republican presidential nominee. So you can bet the GOP contenders visit early and often. No matter who the candidate, it wouldn't be a campaign without a visit to The Beacon Drive-In in Spartansburg. Candidates including Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have lined up to order a chili-cheeseburger from blind counterman J.C. Stroble -- a Beacon fixture for more than half a century.

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