The Green Papers: South Carolina 2020 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 9 June 2020
Runoff: Tuesday 23 June 2020
General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Monday 30 March 2020 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 9 June 2020 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
Tuesday 23 June 2020 - Runoff. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EDT (1100-2300 UTC).
Wednesday 15 July 2020 - Filing Deadline - Independent/President.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p EST (1200-0000 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

South Carolina 2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


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.

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. [Section 7-11-10]


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


Party Order On Ballots from the South Carolina State Election Commission.

2020 Election Calendar from the South Carolina State Election Commission.

Candidate Tracking from the South Carolina State Election Commission.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 9 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates by State, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2020

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 116th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Senator  Lindsey Olin Graham
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2008, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (8)
  Candidate Democratic     Jaime Harrison
FEC S0SC00289; 31 Dec 19; Tot $7,624,413; Dsb $2,924,047
  Candidate Republican     former Walterboro City Councilman Dwayne T. "Duke" Buckner
FEC S0SC00321; 31 Dec 19; Tot $9,356; Dsb $9,067
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Lindsey Olin Graham
FEC S0SC00149; 31 Dec 19; Tot $12,321,237; Dsb $5,185,446
  Candidate Republican     Michael James "Mike" LaPierre
FEC S0SC00313; 31 Dec 19; Tot $44,613; Dsb $37,616
  Candidate Republican     Joseph "Joe" Reynolds
FEC S0SC00297; 31 Mar 20; Tot $91,879; Dsb $80,905
  Candidate Constitution     Bill Bledsoe
  Candidate Libertarian     Keenan Wallace Dunham
  Candidate Libertarian     David Weikle

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: 2018, 2022. 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; first elected: 2018.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. (Beginning in 2018, the Lieutenant Governor will be elected on same ticket with the Governor.)

  Republican Lieutenant Governor  Pamela Evette
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

116th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2020, 2021. No Term Limit. 116th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (2 Renominated);
5 Republican (2 Undetermined, 3 Renominated)

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  Joseph Kendrick "Joe" Cunningham
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (5) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  Joseph Kendrick "Joe" Cunningham
FEC H8SC01116; 31 Dec 19; Tot $2,713,849; Dsb $676,459
  Candidate Republican     Christopher Matthew "Chris" Cox
FEC H0SC01402; 31 Dec 19; Tot $107,650; Dsb $95,036
  Candidate Republican     Mount Pleasant City Councilmember  Katherine DuBeau "Kathy" Landing
FEC H0SC01386; 31 Dec 19; Tot $468,197; Dsb $115,045
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Nancy R. Mace
FEC H0SC01394; 31 Dec 19; Tot $868,779; Dsb $156,138
  Candidate Republican     Brad D. Mole
FEC H0SC01428; 31 Dec 19; Tot $199; Dsb $10

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson, Sr.
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 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (5) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Adair Ford Boroughs
FEC H0SC02061; 31 Dec 19; Tot $703,136; Dsb $299,897
  Candidate Republican     Springdale Mayor  Michael Gregg Bishop
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson, Sr.
FEC H2SC02059; 31 Dec 19; Tot $590,176; Dsb $369,686
  Candidate Constitution     Kathleen K. Wright
  Candidate The Alliance Party     Sanjiv "Sonny" Narang

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Duncan
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Hosea N. Cleveland
  Candidate Democratic     Mark Dilling Welch
FEC H0SC03150
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Duncan
FEC H0SC03077; 31 Dec 19; Tot $667,337; Dsb $585,973

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  William Richardson Timmons, IV
First elected: 2018
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Kimberly "Kim" Nelson
FEC H0SC04281; 31 Dec 19; Tot $32,067; Dsb $28,935
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  William Richardson Timmons, IV
FEC H8SC04250; 31 Dec 19; Tot $692,357; Dsb $633,538
  Candidate Constitution     Michael G. Chandler

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Ralph W. Norman, Jr.
First elected in a Special Election: 20 June 2017 [re: resignation of Member of Congress 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 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Mauricus "Moe" Brown
FEC H0SC05056
  Candidate Democratic     former York County Councilman Sidney A. Moore, Jr.
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Ralph W. Norman, Jr.
FEC H8SC05158; 31 Dec 19; Tot $235,921; Dsb $164,976

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Member of Congress  James Enos "Jim" Clyburn
First elected: 1992
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Renominated
 Candidate list (4) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Member of Congress  James Enos "Jim" Clyburn
FEC H2SC02042; 31 Dec 19; Tot $1,590,625; Dsb $1,230,867
  Candidate Republican     John David McCollum
  Candidate Constitution     Mark Hackett
  Candidate Independent     Harrison George Shuler
FEC H0SC06229

Incumbent - 116th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Republican Member of Congress  Hugh Thompson "Tom" Rice, Jr.
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (5) - 117th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Melissa Ward Watson
FEC H0SC07029
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Robert Q. Williams
FEC H8SC07063
  Candidate Democratic     William Henry "Cowboy" Williams
FEC H0SC07037
  Candidate Republican     Member of Congress  Hugh Thompson "Tom" Rice, Jr.
FEC H2SC07066; 31 Dec 19; Tot $1,021,762; Dsb $578,958
  Candidate Libertarian     Larry Guy Hammond

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Secretary of State  John Mark "Mark" Hammond
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Attorney General  Michael Alan "Alan" Wilson
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Treasurer  Curtis M. "Curt" Loftis, Jr.
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Comptroller General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Comptroller General Richard A. Eckstrom
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Commissioner of Agriculture  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  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, 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Superintendent of Education  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

  Republican Education Superintendent  Molly Mitchell Spearman
First elected: 2014; re-elected: 2018.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 

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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 incumbents, 12 candidates
  Republican: 15 incumbents, 15 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates): 4 candidates
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 3 candidates
Other Third Parties
  The Alliance Party: 1 candidate
  American
  Labor
  Unity
  Working Families
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable
 
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.

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.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  South Carolina Code of Laws
Election Authority
  South Carolina State Election Commission
  South Carolina's Voter Information Resource
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Republican Caucus
  South Carolina Legislature
Democratic
  South Carolina Democratic Party
  South Carolina House Democratic Caucus
  South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus
Republican
  South Carolina Republican Party
  The South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus
Third Party
  Alliance Party formerly called The American Party of South Carolina
  Labor Party
  South Carolina Green Party
  South Carolina Labor Party
  South Carolina Working Families Party
  The Constitution Party of South Carolina
  The Unity Party of South Carolina
Media & others
  FITSNews - Sic Willie
  Greenville Magazine
  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
  The Greenville News
  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
  WCSC TV - CBS - Charleston
  WIS TV - NBC - Columbia
  WLTX TV - CBS - Columbia

 


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