South Carolina Resources

Population: 4,896,146 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 30, 2018.

Primary: June 12; runoff June 26, 2018.

South Carolina (R+8) is a conservative state and the first in the South to conduct a Presidential primary every four years. It is 67% White and 26% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 9. South Caro­lina is a solid state for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Lindsey Graham

Senator class 2: Lindsey Graham (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Budget, Armed Services, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Lindsey Graham

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer, veteran and State Representative Lindsey Graham (b.1955) served four terms in the House before he was elected to the Senate in 2002. He won 57% in 2014.

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Tim Scott

Senator class 3: Tim Scott
Committees: Banking, Finance, Health & Education, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: Thomas Dixon
Republican nominee: Tim Scott

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
Financial advisor and State Representative Tim Scott (b.1965) served one term in the House before he was appointed to the Senate in January 2013. He took 61% in a special election in 2014 and won 61% in 2016.

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Representatives: 7 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 6 Republicans.

Mark Sanford

District 1
Representative: Mark Sanford (R)
Committees: Budget, Oversight, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mark Sanford

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The district (R+11) covers most of the southern coastal areas and parts of Charleston, with suburbs. It is 73% White and 18% Black. Businessman Mark Sanford first served three terms in the House, before being elected Governor in 2002. While in his second term, he had a very, very public divorce. He made a political comeback by winning a special election in 2013 and won 59% in 2016.

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Joe Wilson

District 2
Representative: Joe Wilson (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Education, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Joe Wilson

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The district (R+13) covers central and southwestern parts, almost surrounding Columbia. It is 71% White and 22% Black. Lawyer and State Senator Joe Wilson (b.1947) won a special election in 2001 and took 60% in 2016.

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Jeff Duncan

District 3
Representative: Jeff Duncan (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jeff Duncan

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The district (R+18) covers the western parts of the state, including Greenville suburbs. It is 77% White and 18% Black. Businessman and State Representative Jeff Duncan (b.1966) was first elected in 2010 and won 73% in 2016.

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Trey Gowdy

District 4
Representative: Trey Gowdy (R)
Committees: Ethics, Judiciary, Oversight (Chair), Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Trey Gowdy

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The district (R+15) covers the northern parts of the state, including Greenville and Spartanburg. It is 73% White and 18% Black. Lawyer Trey Gowdy (b.1964) was first elected in 2010 and won 67% in 2016.

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Ralph Norman

District 5
Representative: Ralph Norman (R)
Committees: Small Businesses, Science.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ralph Norman

Rating, February 17, 2017:
Safe GOP

Status, June 21, 2017:
The district (R+9) covers northern central parts of the state. It is 68% White and 26% Black. Lawyer and State senator Mick Mulvaney (b.1967) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and won 59% in 2016. He was appointed head the Office of Budget and Management in 2017. The special election June 20 was won by real estate developer and former State Rep. Ralph Norman (b.1953), who took 51%.

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James Clyburn

District 6
Representative: James Clyburn (D)
Committees: None.

Democratic nominee: James Clyburn
Republican nominee:  ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The district (D+21) covers parts of the coastline by the Georgia border and then veers west of District 1 and includes mainly Black parts of Charleston. It also makes a northwestern detour to take in most of Columbia. It is 39% White and 54% Black. Teacher James Clyburn (b.1940) was first elected in 1992 and won 70% in 2016. As a member of the Democratic leadership in the House, he has chosen to stay outside the regular committee system.

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Tom Rice

District 7
Representative: Tom Rice (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom Rice

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
The district (R+7) covers the eastern parts of the state, including the northern coastline. It is 67% White and 28% Black. Lawyer, accountant and County Commissioner Tom Rice (b.1957) was first elected in 2012 and won 61% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day is Wednesday after the second Tuesday of January.

The Governor and LG of South Carolina are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years. There are no term limits for other State Offices.

Henry McMaster

Governor: Henry McMaster (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Henry McMaster

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Feb 2, 2017:
Lawyer Henry McMaster (b.1947) was State Attorney General from 2003 until 2011 and was elected LG with 59% in 2014. He became Governor in late January 2017, when Governor Nikki Haley resigned to become UN Ambassador.

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Kevin Bryant

Lieutenant Governor: Kevin Bryant (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee:

Rating, May 20, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Aug 7, 2017:
The LG will be nominated and elected together with the Governor from 2018.  State Senator and pharmacist Kevin Bryant (b.1967) became LG when Henry McMasters ascended to Governor in 2017. He is challenging McMasters for the top job in 2018.

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Mark Hammond

Secretary of State: Mark Ham­mond (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mark Hammond

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, Jan 14, 2017:
Probation officer and criminal investigator Mark Ham­mond (b.1963) was first elected in 2002 and won 60% in 2014.

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Curtis Loftis

Treasurer: Curtis Loftis (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Curtis Loftis

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, May 16, 2016:
Businessman Curtis Loftis (b.1959) was first elected in 2010 and had no opponents in 2014.

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Richard Eckstrom

Comptroller: Richard Eckstrom (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Richard Eckstrom

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, May 16, 2016:
Accountant Richard Eckstrom (b.1948) was first elected in 2002 and won 60% in 2104.

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Alan Wilson

Attorney General­: Alan Wilson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Alan Wilson

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer and veteran Alan Wilson (b.1973) was first elected in 2010 and won 60% in 2014. He is the stepson of Congressman Joe Wilson.

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Molly Spearman

Superintendent of Education: Molly Spearman (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Molly Spearman

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, May 16, 2016:
Teacher and State Representative Molly Spearman (b.1954) was elected with 57% in 2014.

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Hugh Weathers

Agriculture Commissioner: Hugh Weathers (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Hugh Weathers

Rating, Jan 14, 2017:

Status, May 16, 2016:
Accountant and farmer Hugh Weathers (b.1956) was appointed to the office in 2004 and won 80% in 2014.

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State Senate: 46 (18D / 28R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2020.
State House 124 (44D / 80R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2018.

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