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2004 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright South Carolina Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Party-run Primary: Tuesday 3 February 20041
State Convention: Saturday 1 May 2004
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Edwards, John132,660   45.1%28.   50.9% 
Kerry, John F.87,620   29.8%17.   30.9%55.  100.0%
Sharpton, Alfred C. "Al"28,495    9.7%  
Clark, Wesley K.21,218    7.2%  
Dean, Howard13,984    4.8%  
Lieberman, Joe7,101    2.4%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.1,344    0.5%  
Gephardt, Richard "Dick"828    0.3%  
Moseley Braun, Carol593    0.2%  
Uncommitted 10.   18.2% 
Total293,843  100.0%55.  100.0%55.  100.0%

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South Carolina Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress


26 May 2004 Unpledged delegate preference update: Kerry: 5. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

SOUTH CAROLINA Democrat Party-run Presidential Primary

Edwards wins SC Primary;
Kerry 2d but above delegate threshold;
Sharpton, Clark, Dean and Lieberman trail

Final official results from a party source. Last updated 26 February 2004.
Results from a party source:
Results from a media source:

The delegate count is computed as follows:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not qualify.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) (candidate's popular vote) (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.


The Democratic Party will have to pay for their South Carolina primary since the state has withdrawn funding.



Tuesday 3 February 2004: 45 of 55 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's South Carolina Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  • 29 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 6 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 4
    • CD 2: 5
    • CD 3: 4
    • CD 4: 4
    • CD 5: 6
    • CD 6: 6
  • In addition, 16 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 10 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 6 Pledged PLEOs

Saturday 1 May 2004 - State Convention.

The remaining 10 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 9 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 6 Democratic National Committee members
    • 3 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 2 Representatives)
    • 0 Governors
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (elected during the State Convention).

These 10 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

South Carolina Delegation (as posted by, 4 July 2004)

Pledged District181129
Pledged PLEO426
Pledged At-Large639
Total Pledged281644
Alternate Pledged District000
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large426
Total Alternates426
Unpledged  10
Pages  2
Pledged District 1KerryBonnie BlairMyrtle Beach, SC
Pledged District 1EdwardsMarilyn HemingwayGeorgetown, SC
Pledged District 1KerryMichael McCauleyMount Pleasant, SC
Pledged District 1EdwardsLachlan McIntoshCharleston, SC
Pledged District 2EdwardsBeverly DoreBeaufort, SC
Pledged District 2EdwardsKathryn HensleyLexington, SC
Pledged District 2KerryZoe Sanders NettlesColumbia, SC
Pledged District 2KerryRick WadeColumbia, SC
Pledged District 2EdwardsBrent WeaverLexington, SC
Pledged District 3EdwardsHon. William ClyburnAiken, SC
Pledged District 3EdwardsMaxie DukeWalhalla, SC
Pledged District 3KerryDavid VandiverAnderson, SC
Pledged District 3EdwardsLouisiana WrightAiken, SC
Pledged District 4KerryEdith ChouGreenville, SC
Pledged District 4EdwardsNicholas KekasSpartanburg, SC
Pledged District 4EdwardsKevin MertensGreenville, SC
Pledged District 4EdwardsElizabeth TeelGreer, SC
Pledged District 5EdwardsKaren BrazzellRock Hill, SC
Pledged District 5EdwardsKevin EtheridgeDarlington, SC
Pledged District 5KerryAdlena GrahamHartsville, SC
Pledged District 5EdwardsAlphonza HannaRidgeway, SC
Pledged District 5EdwardsMartha KollockChesterfield, SC
Pledged District 5KerryHon. Phil LeventisSumter, SC
Pledged District 6KerryJo Etta ChewningFlorence, SC
Pledged District 6KerryHon. Jerry GovanOrangeburg, SC
Pledged District 6EdwardsDeborah LivingstonColumbia, SC
Pledged District 6KerryBeverly MarshallColumbia, SC
Pledged District 6EdwardsAaron PolkeyCharleston, SC
Pledged District 6EdwardsJohn ScottColumbia, SC
Pledged PLEOKerryLumus ByrdClinton, SC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsRobert FordCharleston, SC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsHon. Xanthene NorrisGreenville, SC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsGregory PauswinskiTega Cay, SC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsElizabeth PodaColumbia, SC
Pledged PLEOKerryLessie PriceAiken, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsKatie FowlerColumbia, SC
Pledged At-LargeKerryFaye Coleman GrayColumbia, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsLane HudsonCharleston, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsRuby JamesColumbia, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsRichard JohnsonAiken, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsJohn MoylanColumbia, SC
Pledged At-LargeKerryHon. Joseph NealHopkins, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsGoldie RandleNorth Augusta, SC
Pledged At-LargeKerryJennifer RisonNorth Charleston, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryIsrael BrooksIrmo, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsCharles HambySeneca, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsSally HowardMyrtle Beach, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsFrank McBrideColumbia, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsVida MillerGeorgetown, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeKerryTom SantanielloSpartanburg, SC
Unpledged Add-on
Delegation Chair
 Richard RileyGreenville, SC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. James ClyburnColumbia, SC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. John SprattWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Gilda Cobb-HunterOrangeburg, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Joe ErwinGreenville, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Donald FowlerColumbia, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Waring HoweCharleston, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Carol KhareColumbia, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Bernice ScottGadsen, SC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Ernest HollingsWashington, DC
Page Bobbi GentryRock Hill, SC
Page Dontae PattersonColumbia, SC

1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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