South Carolina State Profile

Election Schedule

Republican Presidential Primary:2016-2-20
Democratic Presidential Primary:2016-2-27
State Primary:2016-6-14
Primary Runoff:2016-6-28

Election Vitals

Governor:Nikki Haley (R) unable to seek re-election 2018 due to term limits
Senator:Lindsey Graham (R) re-election 2020
Senator:Tim Scott (R) re-election in 2016

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Past Presidential Elections

Percentage of Votes for Jimmy Carter in 1976 56.2%
Percentage of Votes for Gerald Ford in 1976 43.1%
Percentage of Votes for Jimmy Carter in 1980 48.1%
Percentage of Votes for Ronald Reagan in 1980 49.4%
Percentage of Votes for Walter Mondale in 1984 35.6%
Percentage of Votes for Ronald Reagan in 1984 63.6%
Percentage of Votes for Michael Dukakis in 1988 37.6%
Percentage of Votes for George Bush in 1988 61.5%
Percentage of Votes for Bill Clinton in 1992 39.9%
Percentage of Votes for George Bush in 1992 48.0%
Percentage of Votes for Bill Clinton in 1996 44.0%
Percentage of Votes for Bob Dole in 1996 49.8%
Percentage of Votes for Al Gore in 2000 40.9%
Percentage of Votes for George W. Bush in 2000 56.8%
Percentage of Votes for John Kerry in 2004 40.9%
Percentage of Votes for George W. Bush in 2004 58.0%
Percentage of Votes for Barack Obama in 2008 44.9%
Percentage of Votes for John McCain in 2008 53.9%
Percentage of Votes for Barack Obama in 2012 44.1%
Percentage of Votes for Mitt Romney in 2012 54.6%

Previous Election Results, other races

1996 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Strom Thurmond Republican 619,859 53.4%
Elliott Close Democratic 510,951 44.0%
Richard Quillian Libertarian 12,988 1.1%
Peter Ashy Reform 9,740 0.8%
Annette Estes Natural law 7,693 0.7%
1996 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Elliott Close Democratic 102,953 62.1%
Cecil Williams Democratic 62,783 37.9%
1996 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Strom Thurmond Republican 132,145 60.6%
Harold Worley Republican 65,666 30.1%
Charlie Thompson Republican 20,185 9.3%
1998 Governor General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim Hodges Democratic 570,070 53.3%
David Beasley Republican 484,088 45.3%
Timothy Moultrie Libertarian 14,894 1.4%
1998 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
David Beasley Republican 114,082 72.2%
Bill Able Republican 43,967 27.8%
1998 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Ernest Hollings Democratic 562,791 52.7%
Bob Inglis Republican 488,132 45.7%
Richard Quillian Libertarian 16,987 1.6%
1998 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Bob Inglis Republican 115,029 74.6%
Stephen Brown Republican 33,530 21.7%
Elton Legrand Republican 5,634 3.7%
2002 Governor General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mark Sanford Republican 585,422 52.9%
Jim Hodges Democratic 521,140 47.1%
2002 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mark Sanford Republican 122,143 38.6%
Bob Peeler Republican 119,026 37.6%
Charlie Condon Republican 49,469 15.6%
Ken Wingate Republican 12,366 3.9%
Jim Miles Republican 8,566 2.7%
Reb Sutherland Republican 2,770 0.9%
Bill Branton Republican 1,915 0.6%
2002 Governor Primary Runoff
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mark Sanford Republican 183,820 60.1%
Bob Peeler Republican 121,881 39.9%
2002 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Lindsey Graham Republican 600,010 54.4%
Alex Sanders Democratic 487,359 44.2%
Ted Adams Constitution 8,228 0.7%
Victor Kocher Libertarian 6,684 0.6%
2004 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim DeMint Republican 857,167 53.7%
Inez Tenenbaum Democratic 704,384 44.1%
Patrick Tyndall Constitution 13,464 0.8%
Rebekah Sutherland Libertarian 10,678 0.7%
Tee Ferguson Untd citizens 5,859 0.4%
Efia Nwangaza Green 4,383 0.3%
2004 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Inez Tenenbaum Democratic 126,720 75.5%
Ben Frasier Democratic 41,070 24.5%
2004 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
David Beasley Republican 107,847 36.6%
Jim DeMint Republican 77,567 26.3%
Thomas Ravenal Republican 73,167 24.8%
Charlie Condon Republican 27,694 9.4%
Mark McBride Republican 6,479 2.2%
Orly Davis Republican 1,915 0.6%
2004 Senate Primary Runoff
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim DeMint Republican 154,644 59.2%
David Beasley Republican 106,480 40.8%
2006 Governor General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mark Sanford Republican 601,868 55.2%
Tommy Moore Democratic 489,076 44.8%
2006 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Tommy Moore Democratic 88,092 63.7%
Frank Willis Democratic 42,317 30.6%
Dennis Aughtry Democratic 7,934 5.7%
2006 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Mark Sanford Republican 160,238 64.8%
Oscar Lovelace Republican 87,043 35.2%
2008 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Lindsey Graham Republican 1,076,534 57.7%
Bob Conley Democratic 790,621 42.3%
2008 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Bob Conley Democratic 74,185 50.4%
Michael Cone Democratic 73,127 49.6%
2008 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Lindsey Graham Republican 187,736 66.8%
Buddy Witherspoon Republican 93,125 33.2%
2010 Governor General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Nikki Haley Republican 690,525 51.5%
Vincent Sheheen Democrat 630,534 47.0%
Morgan Reeves Green 20,114 1.5%
2010 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Vincent Sheheen Democratic 111,637 59.0%
Jim Rex Democratic 43,590 23.0%
Robert Ford Democratic 34,121 18.0%
2010 Governor Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Nikki Haley Republican 206,326 48.9%
Gresham Barrett Republican 91,824 21.7%
Henry McMaster Republican 71,494 16.9%
Andre Bauer Republican 52,607 12.5%
2010 Governor Primary Runoff
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Nikki Haley Republican 233,733 65.0%
Gresham Barrett Republican 125,601 35.0%
2010 Senate General Election
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim DeMint Republican 810,771 62.5%
Alvin Greene Democrat 364,598 28.1%
Tom Clements Green 121,472 9.4%
2010 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Alvin Greene Democratic 100,362 59.0%
Vic Rawl Democratic 69,853 41.0%
2010 Senate Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Jim DeMint Republican 342,464 83.0%
Susan Gaddy Republican 70,194 17.0%
2014 Senate
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Brad Hutto Democratic 87,552 76.6%
Jay Stamper Democratic 26,678 23.4%
2014 Senate
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Lindsey Graham Republican 178,833 56.4%
Lee Bright Republican 48,904 15.4%
Richard Cash Republican 26,325 8.3%
Det Bowers Republican 23,172 7.3%
Nancy Mace Republican 19,634 6.2%
Bill Connor Republican 16,912 5.3%
Benjamin Dunn Republican 3,209 1.0%
2014 Senate Special Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Joyce Dickerson Democratic 72,874 65.4%
Sidney Moore Democratic 26,310 23.6%
Harry Pavilack Democratic 12,253 11.0%
2014 Senate Special Primary
Candidate Party # Votes % Votes
Tim Scott Republican 276,147 90.0%
Randall Young Republican 30,741 10.0%

State Demographics

Population 4,723,723
Percentage White 67.0%
Percentage Black 27.7%
Percentage American Indian / Alaska Native 0.3%
Percentage Asian 1.3%
Percentage Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0.0%
Percentage Mixed Race 2.0%
Percentage Other Race 1.7%
 
Percentage Hispanic 5.3%
Percentage Non Hispanic White 63.9%
Percentage Non Hispanic Black 27.4%
 
Percentage Households All Speak Language Other than English 0.6%
 
Median Household Income $43,107
Percentage Married Couple Both Work 33.6%
Percentage Income in Poverty in 2011 18.3%
Percentage Lived in different household in 2009 7.9%
 
Percentage Homes heated by Electricity 69.4%
Percentage Homes heated by Gas 27.6%
Percentage Homes heated by Coal 0.0%
Percentage Homes heated by Fuel Oil 1.3%
Percentage of Population Age 65 and Up 14.7%
Percentage Employed Civilians 16-years-old and up 42.5%
Percentage with a College Degree 25.1%
Percentage Management or Professional Workers 32.8%
Percentage Sales or Office Workers 25.0%
Percentage Production or Transportation Workers 14.7%
 
Unemployment rate 5.6%
Unemployment figures as of 2015-10
Unemployment Monthly Change -0.1%
 
Percentage Married Couples 47.0%
Percentage Married Couples with Children 16.7%
Percentage Unmarried Partner Households, Male living with Male 0.2%
Percentage Unmarried Partner Households, Female living with Female 0.2%

Last updated 5:17pm December 4, 2015