The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright South Carolina Republican
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Saturday 19 January 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
McCain, John Sidney, III147,686  33.15%18  75.00%24 100.00%
Huckabee, Michael Dale "Mike"132,943  29.84%6  25.00% 
Thompson, Fred Dalton69,651  15.63%  
Romney, Mitt68,142  15.30%  
Paul, Ronald Ernest "Ron"16,154   3.63%  
Giuliani, Rudolph William9,557   2.15%  
Hunter, Duncan1,051   0.24%  
Tancredo, Thomas Gerald "Tom"121   0.03%  
Cort, Hugh, III88   0.02%  
Cox, John H.83   0.02%  
Fendig, H. Neal "Cap", Jr.23   0.01%  
Total445,499 100.00%24 100.00%24 100.00%

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Official SOUTH CAROLINA Republican Primary returns from an official source as of 8 April 2008.

24 delegates to the Republican National Convention from SOUTH CAROLINA are to be pledged among presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in this Primary. We at 'The Green Papers' do not have an official breakdown of the manner in which these 24 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders: the most logical breakdown would be (since the following would be based on the original, pre-sanction pledging criteria): 12 delegates pledged to the primary winner statewide; and the 12 remaining delegates distributed in the following manner: 2 pledged to the highest vote-getter, among the presidential contenders, in each of the State's 6 Congressional Districts. However, we- as yet- have no specific confirmation that these will, indeed, be the pledging criteria actually utilized.

Here's how we compute the delegate count (based on official results from a official source):

  1. The candidate who receives the most votes in each CD receives either 2 delegates (assuming a penalty) or 3 delegates (assuming no penalty)
  2. The candidate who receives the most votes in statewide receives either 12 delegate (assuming a penalty) or 26 delegates (assuming no penalty)

Sanctioned Hard and Soft Tallies
The Hard and Soft Delegates tallies are computed with the assumption that sanctions are applied and 24 delegates will be seated at the National Convention.

CD379,892225,30631.675% 29,10736.433%2
CD491,785224,24126.411% 28,19930.723%2
CD559,412217,16328.888% 21,78036.659%2
Delegates 24  18  6

Unsanctioned Alternative Soft Tally
The Alternative Soft Delegate tally is computed with the assumption that no sanctions are applied and 44 delegates will be seated at the National Convention.

CD379,892325,30631.675% 29,10736.433%3
CD491,785324,24126.411% 28,19930.723%3
CD559,412317,16328.888% 21,78036.659%3
Delegates 44  35  9

Party rules: South Carolina Republican Party Rules



During November 2007, the RNC made a determination that South Carolina's Saturday 19 January 2008 primary violates Republican Party Rule Number 16. The rule states that the process of selecting National Convention Delegates must not begin before Tuesday 5 February 2008. South Carolina is sanctioned 50% of their delegation hence, the number of delegates is decreased from 47 to 24. The eliminated positions include the 3 automatic delegates (State Chair, National Committeewoman and National Committeeman). will be tracking delegate counts as both "Soft" (here assuming that relevant delegations will remain sanctioned into the National Convention [that is: with half the originally allocated delegates to be seated at the Republican National Convention]) and as "Alternative" (here assuming that the full delegation of an affected jurisdiction- as originally allocated before being sanctioned- is eventually to be seated [that is, at some point before the Convention, sanctions will be lifted]) from now until the Party's National Convention convenes or until no delegation is any longer sanctioned, if this should occur prior to the Convention.

Saturday 19 January 2008: All 24 (pre-penalty 44 of 47) of South Carolina's delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders in today's South Carolina Presidential Primary.

  • 12 (we are guessing) (pre-penalty 18) district delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the state's 6 congressional districts: each congressional district is assigned 2 (we are guessing) (pre-penalty 3) National Convention delegates and the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes in that district will receive 2 (we are guessing) (pre-penalty all 3) of that district's National Convention delegates. [Rule 11(b)(4)]
  • 12 (we are guessing) (pre-penalty 26) at-large delegates (10 base at-large delegates plus 16 bonus delegates) are to be allocated to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes in the primary statewide. [Rule 11(b)(6)]

In addition, 0 (pre-penalty 3) party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the South Carolina's Republican Party, will attend the convention as pledged delegates by virtue of their position.

National Convention delegates are bound for the first ballot at the Convention. If the candidate receives 30% or more of the vote on the first ballot, the delegates are then bound for the second ballot. Otherwise, the delegates are released.


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