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South Carolina Post-Election Newsletter

November 5, 2014

SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ELECTION UPDATE

South Carolina Elections 2014

The highlights of South Carolina’s races include Governor Nikki Haley fending off Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen to return to the governor’s mansion for a second term;  U.S. Senator Tim Scott defeating Democratic Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson to retain the seat to which Governor Haley appointed him; and incumbent Republican Lindsey Graham defeating Democratic State Senator Brad Hutto and Independent Thomas Ravenel to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate for a third term.

In the state house, the Republicans maintained their margin over the Democrats in the South Carolina House of Representatives - 78 Republicans to 46 Democrats.   The South Carolina House of Representatives will meet December 2-3 for organizational session.  The session will consist of the election of officers (including a new speaker), the adoption of rules, committee assignments, and other administrative functions.   During the interim a select committee met to consider changes to the House rules and recently approved several recommendations, which include term limits on the speaker of the house and the elimination of leadership political action committees. 

A few of the more contested races are highlighted below.

  • Greenville County voters shot down a penny sales tax increase, money that was supposed to go toward road and bridge repair. Oconee County voters also rejected the increase, while Anderson County voters approved the 1-cent hike to fund schools.
  • McMaster wins South Carolina’s final lieutenant governor’s race
  • Molly Spearman to lead South Carolina Schools  
  • Finlay beats McCulloch for Richland House seat
  • S.C. likely will appoint adjutant general
  • Lexington County penny sales tax crushed
  • Voters change Richland 2 board’s racial makeup
  • Lexington 2 voters approve school upgrades; Kershaw County voters reject similar plan
  • Richland declares election a success; Lexington’s long ballot did not cause big delays

Read more here.

United States Senate

1. U.S. Senate

Lindsey Graham (R)           54.27%           661,379 (Winner)

Brad Hutto (D)                   36.79%           448,419

2. U.S. Senate  

Tim Scott (R)                        61.16%           744,759 (Winner)

Joyce Dickerson (D)            37.05%           451,137

United States House of Representatives

1. First Congressional District

Mark Sanford (R)                93.39%            115,212 (Winner)

2. Second Congressional District

Joe Wilson (R)                   62.29%            118,072 (Winner)

Phil Black (D)                      35.41%            67,114

3. Third Congressional District  

Jeff Duncan (R)                  71.33%            116,021 (Winner)

Barbara Jo Mullis (D)        28.62%            46,556

4. Fourth Congressional District

Trey Gowdy (R)                  84.86%            125,930 (Winner)

Curtis McLaughlin, Jr. (L) 14.72%             21,849

5. Fifth Congressional District

Tom Adams (D)                 38.11%             66,011

Mick Mulvaney (R)            58.90%             102,017 (Winner)

6. Sixth Congressional District

Anthony Culler (R)           25.33%            42,841

Jim Clyburn (D)                  72.74%            123,048 (Winner)

7. Seventh Congressional District

Gloria Bromell-Tinubu (D)39.98%           68,412

Tom Rice(R)                         59.95%           102,576 (Winner)

State Constitutional Officers

1. Governor                        

Nikki Haley (R)                   55.96%            685,490 (Winner)

Vincent Sheheen (D)        41.36%            506,562

2. Lieutenant Governor                            

Henry McMaster (R)        58.78%            714,670 (Winner)

Bakari Sellers (D)               41.10%            499,672

3. State Treasurer  

Curtis Loftis (R)                   98.76%           843,534 (Winner)

4. Attorney General

Alan Wilson (R)                   60.30%           726,123 (Winner)

Parnell Diggs (D)                 39.63%           477,265   

5. Secretary of State

Ginny Deerin (D)                 40.38%            487,308

Mark Hammond (R)           59.55%           718,683 (Winner)                             

4. Adjutant General             

Bob Livingston (R)              98.98%            844,255 (Winner)

5. Comptroller General

Kyle Herbert (D)                40.10%            480,171

Richard Eckstrom (R)         59.85%            716,649 (Winner)              

South Carolina Senate

1.  District 32 – Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg

Ronnie Sabb (D)                 96.71%            21,453 (Winner)

South Carolina House of Representatives

1. District 11 – Abbeville and Anderson

Craig Gagnon (R)              55.02%            4,591 (Winner)

Tombo Hite, III (D)            44.97%            3,752

2. District 15 – Berkeley and Charleston

Marian Redish (D)            43.57%            2,655

Samuel Rivers, Jr. (R)       56.37%            3,435 (Winner)

3. District 53 – Chesterfield and Lancaster

Amy Brown (D)                  40.51%            3,181

Richie Yow (R)                    59.28%            4,655 (Winner)

4. District 75 – Richland

Joseph McCulloch (D)        47.5%             4,814

Kirkman Finley, III (R)       52.56%          5,343 (Winner)

5. District 101 – Clarendon and Williamsburg        

Cezar McKnight (D)            63.99%           7,240 (Winner)

Al Smith (R)                          35.76%           4,046

6. District 108 – Charleston and Georgetown        

Stephen Goldfinch, Jr. (R) 57.49%           8,351 (Winner)

Vida Miller (D)                     42.41%           6,161

7. District 114 – Charleston and Dorchester        

Mary Tinkler (D)                 82.87%           5,391 (Winner)

Sue Edward (G)                   15.16%           986

Constitutional Ballot Questions

Constitutional Amendment 1 - This amendment authorizes nonprofits to conduct raffles.

Yes                                        83%                   978,208 (Winner)

No                                          17%                   204,808

Constitutional Amendment 2 – Adjutant General to become a gubernatorial appointment.

Yes                                        56%                659,061 (Winner)

No                                          44%                510,266   

South Carolina in the News

  • Now, South Carolina Governor Haley faces choice
    Republican Gov. Nikki Haley won re-election Tuesday over Democrat state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, but allies and experts acknowledge there’s a chance that she might not finish her term if the GOP wins the White House in 2016.  Read more here.
  • Scott makes history:  South Carolina elects first African American to Senate
    Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott cruised to victory Tuesday in a historic win as South Carolina’s first African American elected to the U.S. Senate and the first black elected to statewide office since Reconstruction.  The win ensures a place in the GOP firmament for rising star Scott – a North Charleston native appointed to the Senate seat in 2012 when conservative icon Jim DeMint resigned.  Scott said he is “thankful for the evolution that's occurred in South Carolina, where we are a state where we've seen more progress made ... than perhaps any other state in the nation.”  Read more here.
  • Graham, South Carolina incumbents win
    U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham easily won a third term to the Senate Tuesday – adding three more vanquished challengers to the half-dozen Republicans he defeated in the June GOP primary.  “I return to the Senate not to seek revenge, but with a burning desire to right the ship of state before it’s too late,” Graham said in a statement from his campaign. “I’m seeking willing partners on both sides of the aisle.  Read more here.
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