The Green Papers: South Carolina 2011 Off-Year Election
 
This page is for offices up for election in 2011. Find 2012 elections here.
 
Flag images courtesy of The World Flag Database. Copyright http://www.flags.net/ South Carolina
Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2000 Census:4,025,061 (1.43% of 281,998,273)
2002, 2008 Electoral Votes:8(1.49% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:6(1.38% of 435)
2010 Census:4,645,975 (1.50% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:9(1.67% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
Capital:Columbia
 

  Alabama    Alaska    American Samoa    Arizona    Arkansas    California    Colorado    Connecticut    Delaware    District of Columbia    Florida    Georgia    Guam    Hawaii    Idaho    Illinois    Indiana    Iowa    Kansas    Kentucky    Louisiana    Maine    Maryland    Massachusetts    Michigan    Minnesota    Mississippi    Missouri    Montana    Nebraska    Nevada    New Hampshire    New Jersey    New Mexico    New York    North Carolina    North Dakota    Northern Marianas    Ohio    Oklahoma    Oregon    Pennsylvania    Puerto Rico    Rhode Island    South Carolina    South Dakota    Tennessee    Texas    Utah    Vermont    Virgin Islands    Virginia    Washington    West Virginia    Wisconsin    Wyoming 

South Carolina State and Local Government

South Carolina 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


If no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the primary, a runoff will be held between the top two vote-getters.

Voters who voted in a party's primary, can vote only in the runoff of the same party. Voters who did not vote in the primary, may vote in either party's runoff.

The primary is for Democratic and Republican candidates only. Candidates running unopposed for their Party's nomination will not appear on primary ballots.

The Constitution, Independence, Green, Labor, Libertarian, United Citizens, and Working Families Parties nominate by convention rather than by primary.

Voters may not vote in a political party’s runoff if they voted in another political party’s primary. However, voters who did not vote in either politicial party’s primary may vote in either politicial party’s runoff.

A defeated primary candidate may not actively offer or campaign as a write-in candidate for the ensuing election. The use of posters or stickers on the ballot is not permitted. The voting machine provides for a voter to write-in a candidate. Write-in votes are not allowed in primary elections or the election of President or Vice-president.

While the state permits fusion (a candidate may be nominated by multiple parties), if a candidate runs for and looses a primary (of any party), the candidate cannot appear on the November ballot.


South Carolina gained 1 U.S. House seat in the 2010 Census and will elected 7 Representatives in 2012.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 112th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator Lindsey Olin Graham
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Class 3 Republican Senator James W. "Jim" DeMint
First elected: 2004; re-elected: 2010.
(also served in U.S. House- first elected: 1998; re-elected: 2000, 2002)
Seat up for election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
Open Seat - 30 August 2011: Announced he will not run for re-election in 2016.

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley
First elected: 2010
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014. (Beginning in 2018, the Lieutenant Governor will be elected on same ticket with the Governor.)

  Republican Lieutenant Governor James Ken "Ken" Ard
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
27 July 2011: Media coverage of ethics violations.

112th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2010, 2012. No Term Limit. 112th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Republican (5 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 1 Republican Congressman Timothy E. "Tim" Scott
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Timothy E. "Tim" Scott
FEC H0SC01279; 30 Sep 11; Tot $815,823; Dsb $329,490

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 2 Republican Congressman Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson
First Elected 18 December 2001 in a special election to fill the seat vacated by the death of Floyd Spence.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson
FEC H2SC02059; 30 Sep 11; Tot $372,400; Dsb $316,751

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 3 Republican Congressman Jeff D. Duncan
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Jeff D. Duncan
FEC H0SC03077; 30 Sep 11; Tot $277,052; Dsb $112,510
  Candidate Constitution     John Dalen

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 4 Republican Congressman Harold W. "Trey" Gowdy, III
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Democratic     James Gordon "Jimmy" Tobias, Sr.
FEC H2SC04097
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Harold W. "Trey" Gowdy, III
FEC H0SC04257; 30 Sep 11; Tot $346,455; Dsb $108,472

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 5 Republican Congressman John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Republican     Congressman John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney
FEC H0SC05031; 30 Sep 11; Tot $269,590; Dsb $248,626

Incumbent - 112th Congress / 2000 apportionment - map
CD 6 Democratic Congressman James E. "Jim" Clyburn
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
 Candidate list - 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman James E. "Jim" Clyburn
FEC H2SC02042; 30 Sep 11; Tot $1,005,153; Dsb $613,064

No Incumbent - New Seat in 113th Congress / 2010 apportionment - First election in 2012
CD 7  
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012
  Candidate Democratic     Andrew Preston "Preston" Brittain
FEC H2SC07058
  Candidate Democratic     William Parnell "Parnell" Diggs
FEC H2SC07033
  Candidate Democratic     Gary Montgomery Stephens
16 August 2011: Filed with the FEC as a Republican.
16 November 2011: Filed with the FEC as a Democrat.

FEC H2SC07017
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative Ted Martin Vick
FEC H2SC07041
  Candidate Republican     former Lieutenant Governor Rudolph Andreas "André" Bauer
14 October 2011: Did not specify a CD on his FEC filing.
6 November 2011: Filed a Statement of Organization for CD 7.

FEC H2SC00020
  Candidate Republican     Reneé Culler
  Candidate Republican     Wallace Herbert "Jay" Jordan, Jr.
FEC H2SC07074
  Candidate Republican     Edward Karabees
  Candidate Republican     Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice
FEC H2SC07066
  Candidate Republican     state Representative Larkin Taylor Thaddeus "Thad T." Viers
4 August 2011: Will run in the new CD 7

FEC H2SC07025; 30 Sep 11; Tot $113,997; Dsb $12,631
  Candidate Republican     Mande Wilkes
4 August 2011: Will run in the new CD 7
  Candidate Republican     Dick Withington

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

  Republican Secretary of State John Mark "Mark" Hammond
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006, 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

  Republican Attorney General Michael Alan "Alan" Wilson
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

  Republican Treasurer Curtis M. "Curt" Loftis, Jr.
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Comptroller General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

  Republican Comptroller General Richard A. Eckstrom
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006, 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Adjutant General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

  Republican Adjutant General Robert E. "Bob" Livingston, Jr.
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

  Republican Agriculture Commissioner Hugh E. Weathers
Named Interim Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of South Carolina on 14 September 2004 by Governor Mark Sanford upon the suspension of Republican Agriculture Commissioner Charles "Charlie" Sharpe; first elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014

Superintendent of Education  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2010, 2014

  Republican Education Superintendent Mitchell M. "Mick" Zais
First elected: 2010
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2014
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 1 incumbent, 6 candidates
  Republican: 16 incumbents, 13 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


 


  2011 Off-Year Election Home  
 
  U.S. Senate Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Gubernatorial Popular Vote by Party  
  U.S. House Popular Vote and FEC Total Receipts by Party  
  Close Contests Summary - Decision by 2% or less  
  Contests Where No Candidate Received a Majority  
 
2011 Primaries and Runoffs for Statewide offices/Congress
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically   --   Poll Closing Times  
....
General Election Poll Closing Times
  Alphabetically   --   Chronologically  
....
  Polling Hours  
....
  Governors     Senate     House  
....
  Senators by 'Class'  
  Governors by election 'cycle'  
....
  Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance  
....
  Open Governor's Chairs, Senate and House Seats (the incumbent is not running for re-election)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with no incumbent running for them  
  Uncontested Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats (one candidate running for office)  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with multiple incumbents running for them  
  Governor's Chairs, Senate, and U.S. House Seats with only one major party candidate running for office  
....
  2011 Partisan Composition by State  
....
  Political Parties  
....
  Senate Electoral Classes  
....
History
  Political Party Floor Leaders in the Congress of the United States  
  Dates of DIRECT PRIMARY Elections re: Major Party Nominations for Statewide and/or Federal Office  
  Length of Terms of Office of STATE Governors throughout American History