The Green Papers
2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright South Carolina Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Party-run Primary: Saturday 26 January 20081
Precinct Meetings: Saturday 23 February 2008
State Convention: Saturday 3 May 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein294,898  55.42%25.0  46.30% 
Clinton, Hillary Rodham140,990  26.49%12.0  22.22% 
Edwards, John Reid93,801  17.63%8.0  14.81% 
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III726   0.14%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.693   0.13%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.551   0.10%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"247   0.05%  
Gravel, Mike245   0.05%  
Uncommitted 9.0  16.67% 
(not voting)  54.0 100.00%
Total532,151 100.00%54.0 100.00%54.0 100.00%

States Chronologically   States Alphabetically     Democratic Convention     South Carolina Republican    
South Carolina Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
South Carolina State and Local Government


List of South Carolina National Convention Delegates from a party source.

South Carolina Delegate Selection Plan for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Conditional approval pending final review by The Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee August 25, 2007

Illinois Senator Barack Obama has won the South Carolina Democratic Primary with a clear majority: New York Senator Hillary Clinton is well back in 2d place, but still ahead of former N.C. Senator John Edwards who, although in 3d place, remains above the threshold needed to qualify for National Convention delegates.

Official statewide returns from an official source as of 8 April 2008.

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

  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. Obama, Clinton, and Edwards have qualified for delegates.
  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.


According to the 15 and 16 May 2008 articles below, 7 Edwards pledged delegates intend to cast their ballots for Obama. Accordingly, we have changed our soft pledged count from Obama 25, Clinton 12, Edwards 8 to Obama 32, Clinton 12, Edwards 1. Our hard count remains Obama 25, Clinton 12, Edwards 8 as originally assigned.

A Thursday 15 May 2008 article in (Eight Edwards delegates [6 in SC] now moving to Obama) says that following Edwards' endorsement of Obama, at least 6 South Carolina delegates pledged to Edwards plan to vote for Senator Obama at the National Convention. The delegates are Daniel Boan [CD 5], Christine Brennan-Bond [CD 4], Robert Groce [CD 1], Susan Smith [Pledged PLEO], Mike Evatt [CD 3], and Lauren Bilton [At-Large]. All were elected as pledged delegates for Edwards during his 3rd place finish in the 29 January primary.
A 16 May 2008 article in [] says 7 of 8 South Carolina delegates pledged to Edwards now support Obama. Marilyn Hemingway [At-Large] and Christine Bond [CD 4] stated they and 5 other delegates will vote for Obama. The remaining pledged Edwards delegate, Tim Moore [CD 2], said he is not currently ready to commit to anyone else.
There is some confusion as to whether John Moylan and Christine Brennan-Bond are pledged delegates or alternates. Christine Brennan-Bond is pledged and John Moylan is an unpledged delegate according to this document from the South Carolina Democratic Party: South Carolina National Convention Delegates.

3 June 2008: The Obama Campaign today announced that all 8 delegates pledged to former Senator John Edwards have committed to vote for Senator Obama at the Democratic National Convention.

Lauren Bilton, Columbia
Daniel Boan, Kershaw
Christine Brennan-Bond, Moore
Michael Evatt, Seneca (birthplace of Senator Edwards)
Robert Groce, Summerville
Marilyn Hemingway, Georgetown
Tim Moore, Barnwell
Susan Smith, Pawley's Island

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 1
8 March 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 2
4 May 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 3
9 May 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 4
2 June 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 5
3 June 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 6


Saturday 26 January 2008: 45 of 54 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

Participation is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. All voters in the primary and all participants in the precinct meetings and caucuses shall sign the following statement prior to voting: "I do solemnly swear or affirm that I am a registered voter of this precinct, I consider myself to be a Democrat, and I have not participated in the 2008 Presidential nominating process of any other political party".


Saturday 23 February 2008. Precinct Meetings are held to elect delegates to the County Democratic Conventions. The County Conventions are held between 6 and 20 March 2008. The County Convention elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention.


Saturday 3 May 2008: State Convention.

The remaining 9 National Convention delegates consist of

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

These 9 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

South Carolina Delegation (as posted by, 11 August 2008)

Pledged District751729
Pledged PLEO2136
Pledged At-Large32510
Total Pledged1282545
Alternate Pledged District0000
Alternate Pledged PLEO0000
Alternate Pledged At-Large2158
Total Alternates2158
Unpledged   9
Credentials Committee   2
Platform Committee   2
Rules Committee   3
Pages   2
Pledged DistrictObamaCindy H. EppsFort Mill, SC
Pledged District 1ClintonHon. Colleen CondonCharleston, SC
Pledged District 1EdwardsRobert GroceSummerville, SC
Pledged District 1ObamaIlene KahnMt. Pleasant, SC
Pledged District 1ObamaPaul RichardsonMyrtle Beach, SC
Pledged District 2ObamaDeborah BreedloveIrmo, SC
Pledged District 2ObamaAnton J. GunnColumbia, SC
Pledged District 2ClintonHon. Kathryn HensleyLexington, SC
Pledged District 2EdwardsTim MooreBarnwell, SC
Pledged District 2ObamaTieashia OdomWilliston, SC
Pledged District 3ClintonKelly AdamsClinton, SC
Pledged District 3EdwardsMike EvattSeneca, SC
Pledged District 3ObamaTremain MattressWestminster, SC
Pledged District 3ObamaWilhelmina R. RhoeAnderson, SC
Pledged District 4EdwardsChristine BondMoore, SC
Pledged District 4ObamaJoe A. ErwinGreenville, SC
Pledged District 4ClintonFrank S. Holleman, IIIGreenville, SC
Pledged District 5EdwardsDaniel BoanKershaw, SC
Pledged District 5ObamaSeanta ClarkTega Cay, SC
Pledged District 5ClintonJoyce C. KnottRock Hill, SC
Pledged District 5ObamaLoretta McNealChesterfield, SC
Pledged District 5ClintonJohn A. PrestoRock Hill, SC
Pledged District 5ObamaAquil SurkaHartsville, SC
Pledged District 6ObamaCarl A. CarpenterOrangeburg, SC
Pledged District 6ObamaSantino ColemanColumbia, SC
Pledged District 6ObamaWannetta MalletteNorth Charleston, SC
Pledged District 6ObamaJulia A. NelsonManning, SC
Pledged District 6ClintonHon. Bernice G. ScottHopkins, SC
Pledged District 6ObamaSteve Wukela, Jr.Florence, SC
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Ernest W. CromartieColumbia, SC
Pledged PLEOClintonDarrell JacksonHopkins, SC
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Joseph RileyCharleston, SC
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Richard W. RileyGreenville, SC
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. James "Todd" RutherfordColumbia, SC
Pledged PLEOEdwardsSusan Y. SmithPawleys Island, SC
Pledged At-LargeObamaDavid P. AgnewCharleston, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsLauren BiltonColumbia, SC
Pledged At-LargeObamaLiz BrownLexington, SC
Pledged At-LargeClintonRobert FordCharleston, SC
Pledged At-LargeObamaAnnejanet HarpColumbia, SC
Pledged At-LargeEdwardsMarilyn L. HemingwayGeorgetown, SC
Pledged At-LargeClintonMichelle MacrinaGreenville, SC
Pledged At-LargeClintonHon. John W. Matthews, Jr.Columbia, SC
Pledged At-LargeObamaBeverly Smith DoreBeaufort, SC
Pledged At-LargeObamaBridget TrippLexington, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaEdith ChildsGreenwood, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonTom ChorltonFolly Beach, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaBud FerilloColumbia, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaJaime R. HarrisonAlexandria, VA
Alternate Pledged At-LargeEdwardsJohn MoylanColumbia, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaAnita T. ThongColumbia, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaMelissa WatsonGoose Creek, SC
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonAnn WillbrandAiken, SC
Delegation Chair
 Carol FowlerColumbia, SC
Delegation Vice Chair
 Wilber Lee JeffcoatSwansea, SC
Unpledged Add-On Hon. Inez TenenbaumLexington, SC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. James ClyburnWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. John SprattWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Gilda Cobb-HunterOrangeburg, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Donald L. FowlerColumbia, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Waring S. Howe, Jr.Charleston, SC
Unpledged DNC Member Marva SmallsNew York, NY
Credentials CommitteeObamaRichard HarpootlianColumbia, SC
Credentials CommitteeClintonKaye KoonceCharleston, SC
Platform CommitteeEdwardsHon. William ClyburnAiken, SC
Platform CommitteeObamaJean M. PopowskiSummerville, SC
Rules CommitteeObamaHon. James H. HodgesColumbia, SC
Rules Committee Hon. David MackNorth Charleston, SC
Rules CommitteeClintonMarguerite S. WillisColumbia, SC
Page Annie L. Boiter-JolleyChapin, SC
Page Jonathan MetcalfSpartanburg, SC

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


  Election - Primary, Caucus, and Convention Home  
  Presidential Hopefuls  
  States Alphabetically  
  Events Chronologically  
  Major Events Chronologically  
  Poll Closing Times Chronologically   --   Poll Closing Times Alphabetically  
  Democratic "First Determining Step" Chronologically  
  Chronological Cumulative Allocation of Delegates  
  Weekly Delegate Distribution and Availability  
Delegate Counts
  State by State Summary  
  Democratic Pledged and Unpledged Summary   --   Republican Pledged and Unpledged Summary  
  Democratic Hard and Floor Summary   --   Republican Hard and Floor Summary  
  Democratic Unpledged Delegate Preferences  
Delegate Allocation
  Democratic Quick Reference   --   Republican Quick Reference  
  Democratic Detailed Delegate Allocation   --   Republican Detailed Delegate Allocation  
  Democratic Delegate Selection and Voter Eligibility   --   Republican Delegate Selection and Voter Eligibility  
  Primaries at a Glance  
Ballot Access
  Democratic Candidates   --   Republican Candidates  
  Historical Analysis of the Presidential Nominating Process  
  Historical Analysis of the apportionment of delegate votes at the National Conventions of the two major parties  
  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Third Parties (Green, Libertarian)  
  Straw Polls