The Green Papers: South Carolina 2017 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Special Primary House CD 5: Tuesday 2 May 2017
✓ Special Runoff (GOP) House CD 5: Tuesday 16 May 2017
✓ Special General Election House CD 5: Tuesday 20 June 2017
Monday 13 March 2017 - Filing Deadline.
Tuesday 2 May 2017 - Special Primary House CD 5. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Special Runoff (GOP) House CD 5. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
Tuesday 20 June 2017 - Special General Election House CD 5. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
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
 

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South Carolina State and Local Government


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.

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.


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

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Lindsey Olin Graham
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2008, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Lindsey Olin Graham
FEC S0SC00149

Class 3 Republican Senator  Timothy E. "Tim" Scott
Served in U.S. House- first elected: 2010; re-elected: 2012. Appointed to the U.S. Senate: 2 January 2013 (re: resignation of Senator James W. "Jim" DeMint [Republican]); first elected in a special election: 4 November 2014; re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Henry D. McMaster
24 January 2017: Ascended to the Governor's Chair following the resignation of Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican) who became United Nations Ambassador.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
 Candidate list (6)
  Candidate Democratic     Phil Noble
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  James E. Smith, Jr.
  Candidate Republican     Lieutenant Governor  Kevin L. Bryant
  Candidate Republican     former Democratic Lieutenant Governor and state Senator J. Yancey McGill
21 March 2016: Announced candidacy as a Republican.
  Candidate Republican     Governor  Henry D. McMaster
    Republican     state Representative  Thomas E. "Tommy" Pope - apparently not a candidate
  Candidate Republican     former Department of Health and Environmental Control chief Catherine Templeton
  

23 November 2016: President-elect Trump nominates Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican) for the position of United Nations Ambassador.
24 January 2017: Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican), who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, was confirmed as United Nations Ambassador by the U.S. Senate, 96-4. He resigned as Governor shortly after and Lieutenant Governor Henry D. McMaster (Republican) ascended to the Governor's chair.


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

  Republican Lieutenant Governor  Kevin L. Bryant
Appointed: 25 January 2017
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - Running for Governor in 2018.
 24 January 2017: Lieutenant Governor Henry D. McMaster (Republican), who was first elected in 2014, ascended to the Governor's chair.
Wednesday 25 January 2017: State Senator Kevin L. Bryant (Republican) was "elevated" to the Lieutenant Governor's chair by his fellow State Senators.

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
6 Republican (6 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman  Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr.
First elected: 1994, re-elected: 1996, 1998. Governor of South Carolina: 2003-2011. Re-elected to Congress: 7 May 2013 in a Special Election (to fill the vacant seat caused by the appointment of Congressman Timothy E. "Tim" Scott to the U.S. Senate).
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Joe Cunningham
FEC H8SC01116; 30 Sep 17; Tot $105,474; Dsb $56,311
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Katherine Elizabeth "Katie" Arrington
FEC H8SC01124; 30 Sep 17; Tot $118,959; Dsb $36,258
    Republican     Ted Fienning - apparently not a candidate
2 June 2017: Dropped out stating "... we need to focus on our two young sons and growing our businesses ....".

FEC H8SC01108; 30 Jun 17; Tot $58,171; Dsb $58,171
    Republican     Thomas Stauffer "Tom" Perez - apparently not a candidate
24 May 2017: Suspended his campaign do to his upcoming military deployment.

FEC H8SC01090; 30 Jun 17; Tot $21,070; Dsb $21,070
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr.
FEC H4SC01073; 30 Jun 17; Tot $339,082; Dsb $19,676

Incumbent - 115th Congress
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 regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Sean J. Carrigan
FEC H8SC02106
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson
FEC H2SC02059; 30 Sep 17; Tot $321,406; Dsb $333,306

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman  Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Duncan
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Hosea N. Cleveland
FEC H4SC03111; 30 Jun 17; Tot $740; Dsb $584
  Candidate Democratic     Mary Smith Geren
FEC H8SC03070; 30 Jun 17; Tot $17,997; Dsb $9,555
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Duncan
FEC H0SC03077; 30 Sep 17; Tot $157,771; Dsb $112,164

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman  Harold W. "Trey" Gowdy, III
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Harold W. "Trey" Gowdy, III
FEC H0SC04257; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,296,903; Dsb $925,680

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5 Republican Congressman  Ralph W. Norman, Jr.
First elected in a Special Election: 20 June 2017 [re: resignation of Congressman John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (Republican) to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump Administration]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Archie Parnell
FEC H8SC05174; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,047,354; Dsb $1,041,457
    Republican     Penry Gustafson - apparently not a candidate
    Republican     Chris Taylor - apparently not a candidate
FEC H8SC05117
 Congressman John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (Republican), who was first elected in 2010, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump Administration on 16 February 2017. He was nominated on 16 December 2016 by President-elect Trump.
A special partisan primary to fill his vacant seat was held on 2 May 2017. Since no one received a majority in either party, there was a partisan primary runoff on 16 May 2017. The general election was 20 June 2017.
16 February 2017: U.S. House of Representatives District 5 Special Election from the South Carolina State Election Commission.
20 June 2017: state Representative Ralph W. Norman, Jr. is elected in a Special Election. U.S. House of Representatives District 5 Special Election from the South Carolina State Election Commission.

Special Election - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Tuesday 20 June 2017
Special Election
 Candidate list (5, 1 write-in)
  Elected Republican 45,076 51.04% state Representative  Ralph W. Norman, Jr.
Received 30% in the 2 May 2017 primary. Advances to the 16 May runoff.
16 May 2017: 50.29%. Won the runoff. Advances to the 20 June Special Election.

FEC H8SC05158; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,587,875; Dsb $1,463,223
  Candidate Democratic 42,341 47.94% Archie Parnell
Received 71% in the 2 May 2017 primary. Advances to the 20 June Special Election.

FEC H8SC05174; 30 Sep 17; Tot $1,047,354; Dsb $1,041,457
  Candidate American 319 0.36% Josh Thornton
FEC H8SC05166; 16 Oct 17; Tot $5,398; Dsb $5,398
  Candidate Libertarian 273 0.31% Victor Kocher
FEC H8SC05208
  Candidate Green 242 0.27% David Kulma
FEC H8SC05232
  Candidate Scattering 65 0.07% Write-In
Total 88,316 100.00%  
 Congressman John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (Republican) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump Administration on 16 February 2017. A special partisan primary (Democratic and Republican) to fill his vacant seat will be held 2 May 2017. If no one receives a majority, there will be a partisan primary runoff 16 May 2017. The general election will be 20 June 2017.
16 February 2017: U.S. House of Representatives District 5 Special Election from the South Carolina State Election Commission.
2 May 2017: Primary returns from the South Carolina State Election Commission.
16 May 2015: U.S. House of Representatives District 5 Special Republican Runoff Election from the South Carolina State Election Commission.
20 June 2017: U.S. House of Representatives District 5 Special Election from the South Carolina State Election Commission.

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6 Democratic Congressman  James Enos "Jim" Clyburn
First elected: 1992
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  James Enos "Jim" Clyburn
FEC H2SC02042; 30 Sep 17; Tot $657,922; Dsb $690,520

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7 Republican Congressman  Hugh T. "Tom" Rice, Jr.
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (5) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Bruce Fischer
FEC H8SC07048; 30 Sep 17; Tot $7,393; Dsb $5,526
  Candidate Republican     Jon James
FEC H8SC07014
  Candidate Republican     Johnny Allen Ray
FEC H8SC07030
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Hugh T. "Tom" Rice, Jr.
FEC H2SC07066; 30 Sep 17; Tot $796,862; Dsb $470,986
  Candidate Republican     John Ward
FEC H8SC07022

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Secretary of State  John Mark "Mark" Hammond
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Joshua A. Putnam

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Attorney General  Michael Alan "Alan" Wilson
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican     William Herlong
  Candidate Republican     Attorney General  Michael Alan "Alan" Wilson

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Treasurer  Curtis M. "Curt" Loftis, Jr.
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Comptroller General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Comptroller General Richard A. Eckstrom
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Adjutant General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Adjutant General Robert E. "Bob" Livingston, Jr.
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  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, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Superintendent of Education  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Education Superintendent  Molly Mitchell Spearman
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 

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, 10 candidates
  Republican: 18 incumbents, 18 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  American: 1 candidate
  Labor
  Unity
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 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.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"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.


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  South Carolina Libertarian Party
  The American Party of South Carolina
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Media & others
  FITSNews - Sic Willie
  Island Packet - Hilton Head
  Lexington County Chronicle
  Politics1.com - South Carolina
  South Carolina Citizens for Life (SCCL is a non-partisan, non-sectarian pro-life organization and is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee)
  Spartanburg Herald-Journal
  Statehouse Report - Charleston
  The Beaufort Gazette
  The Charlotte Observer
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  The Herald - Rock Hill
  The Item - Sumter
  The Lancaster News
  The News & Reporter - Chester County
  The Post and Courier - Charleston
  The State - Columbia
  The Sun News - Myrtle Beach
  The Times and Democrat - Orangeburg
  The Union Daily Times
  WCBD TV - NBC - Charleston
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