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Tensions rise as South Carolina's Democratic primary nears

Tensions are once again reaching a boiling point in the red-hot race for South Carolina. Tensions are once again reaching a boiling point in the red-hot race for South Carolina.

(NBC NewsChannel) - Tensions are once again reaching a boiling point in the red-hot race for South Carolina.

There are two days left before polls open again in South Carolina, this time with Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Results from this primary could offer a glimpse of who the Democratic front runner might be going into Super Tuesday on February 5.

After a campaign stop in South Carolina Wednesday, Bill Clinton lashed out at reporters and the suggestion that he and wife Hillary were making race an issue.

"Shame on you, you want another story," Clinton said, "There are indisputable facts, you want to make this about words and name-calling I hate it."

The sharp retort again drew attention to the former President at a time when South Carolina voters say they want to see more of the candidate Hillary Clinton. 

"How I am balancing is that Obama has been to our school more than once and I have yet to see Hillary come here," said South Carolina voter Ciera Walker.

On Hillary Clinton’s presence in South Carolina, "She has been taking a good bit of heat for not coming here," said Dana Milbank of The Washington Post.

So after days of campaigning in Super Tuesday states, Hillary Clinton is headed back to South Carolina, where rival Barack Obama has been digging in, determined to score a big win on Saturday.

"I also know that all of you realize what is at stake in this election," said Obama.

Meanwhile, in Florida, entire campaigns could be at stake.

Some candidates see the Sunshine State as a necessary victory.

"We're gonna win big here.  Florida is gonna catapult us to the nomination," said Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Florida voters will get a final look at the Republican candidates together Thursday night as they face off in a debate on MSNBC.

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