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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
South Carolina Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Presidential Primary/Precinct Reorganization meeting: Saturday 28 January 20121
Precinct Reorganization Meeting: Saturday 3 March 2012
County Democratic Conventions: Thursday 15 March - Tuesday 27 March 2012
State Convention: Saturday 12 May 2012
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary,
Polling hours 7:00a EST (1200 UTC) to 7:00p EST (0000 UTC).
Voter Eligibility: Open Primary
Voter Affiliation: Voter registration does not include party affiliation
62 total delegate votes - 37 district / 12 at large; 7 Pledged PLEOs; 6 Unpledged PLEOs
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 27 September 2012 per the South Carolina Delegate Selection Plan And Affirmative Action Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention - Adopted by the SCDP Executive Committee March 31, 2011 - Approved by the SCDP Executive Committee July 28, 2011 - With revisions on 9.7.11 and 9.26.11 - Approved by DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee 9.27.11.
South Carolina can hold its primary on Tuesday 28 February 2012. [Reference: 2012 Delegate Selection rules for the Democratic National Convention: Rule 11.A.]
On June 28, South Carolina Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican) vetoed state funding for the 2012 Presidential Primaries. The Republican Party has stated that it will raise $1,500,000 to fund the primary. Story here.
Circa 22 to 23 October 2011, the South Carolina Democratic Party decided to move their Presidential Primary from 28 February to 28 January 2012.
"We are pleased to announce that the Nevada and South Carolina Democratic parties will protect our states' place in the presidential nominating calendar by beginning the delegate selection process on January 21st in Nevada and January 28th in South Carolina." - Nevada State Democratic Party, 22 October 2011.
Participation is open to all registered voter who wish to participate as Democrats and have not participated in the 2012 Presidential nominating process of any other political party.
Saturday 28 January 2012: 56 of 62 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's South Carolina Presidential Primary (see note above). 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.
The 1st step in South Carolina delegate selection process is the Presidential Primary/Precinct Reorganization meeting at 10:00 am on 28 January 2012 or at 10:00 am on 3 March depending on the date set by each county Chairman. There will be no actual primary since only President Barack Obama has filed with the South Carolina Democratic Party to run in a primary. All delegates will be Obama delegates since there are no other Democratic candidates for the office of President of the United States. The precinct reorganization will be considered as the first step in the delegate selection process. Democrats at the precinct meetings elect delegates to County Democratic Conventions.
Saturday 3 March 2012: Precinct Reorganization Meeting (see above).
Thursday 15 March - Tuesday 27 March 2012: County Democratic Conventions. The County Conventions elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention.
Saturday 12 May 2012: State Convention.
National Convention delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 6 National Convention delegates consist of
These 6 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
|Delegation to the National Convention|
South Carolina Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)
|Sheila Bickford||Indian Land|
|Anastasia Gandy||N. Charleston|
|John Giles||Hilton Head|
|Richard "Dick" Harpootlian||Columbia|
|Sally P Howard||Myrtle Beach|
|Richard Hrick||Mt. Pleasant|
|Wilhelmina "Toni" James||Florence|
|Richard Johnson Jr.||Aiken|
|Claudia Kennedy||Hilton Head Island|
|Annejanet Kilpatrick||Sullivans Island|
|John King||Rock Hill|
|Blaine Lotz||Hilton Head Island|
|Beverly "Dianne" Marshall||Columbia|
|Jonathan D Metcalf||Spartanburg|
|Valerie Rhinehart||West Columbia|
|Joseph Rice||Mt. Pleasant|
|David E Rison||Summerville|
|William Roddey||Rock Hill|
|Susan Smith||Pawleys Island|
|James D Thompson||Fort Mill|
|Melissa Watson||Goose Creek|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• South Carolina Code of Laws|
|• South Carolina State Election Commission|
|• South Carolina's Voter Information Resource|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• South Carolina Legislature|
|• South Carolina Democratic Party|
|• South Carolina House Democratic Caucus|
|• South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus|
|Media & others|
|• FITSNews - Sic Willie|
|• Greenville Magazine|
|• 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 Greenville News|
|• The Item - Sumter|
|• The Lancaster News|
|• The News & Reporter - Chester County|
|• The Post and Courier - Charleston|
|• The Times and Democrat - Orangeburg|
|• The Union Daily Times|
|• WCSC TV - CBS - Charleston|
|• WIS TV - NBC - Columbia|
|• WLTX TV - CBS - Columbia|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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