Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- As Charlotte gears up for the official kick off of the Democratic National Convention, Midlands Democrats are headed that way as well.
"I think you'll be surprised at how well Democrats will do in South Carolina," said Richland County Rep. Leon Howard, before he left for Charlotte.
Democrats in the Palmetto State hope a little hard work and some sparks from the DNC will give campaigns across the state some forward momentum.
"It's just like going to church on Sunday, when you go and hear a good sermon from the minister, and you get excited and energized you come back and live what you've been taught," said Howard.
He predicts some areas of the state will feel an economic impact with the DNC so close by. He also expects his fellow party members to return from Charlotte's DNC with even more enthusiasm for national, state and local elections.
"In South Carolina there's quite a bit of coordinated campaigns that's going on, Richland County, Charleston, have a coordinated plan to make sure Democrats get out and reelect President Obama as well a local Democrats," said Howard.
He says with South Carolina Democrats like congressman James Clyburn, and Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter taking stages in the Queen City could have positive impacts for the state, still no matter your conviction he encourages people to get out and vote.
"We must continue to push to move South Carolina and the state and the nation forward," added Howard.