Located in the southeast region of the United States, South Carolina is bordered by North Carolina, Georgia and the Atlantic Ocean. Nicknamed “the Palmetto state,” South Carolina was the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the eighth state to be admitted to the Union. While Columbia is South Carolina’s capital and largest city, the city of Greenville is the state’s largest metropolitan area. Currently, there are two Republican members of the U.S. Senate, a total of six members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 46 members of the South Carolina State Senate and 124 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives. As of September 2013, South Carolina is one of 24 Republican state government trifectas.
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