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2012 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina

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United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2012

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All 7 South Carolina seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 5 1
Seats won 6 1
Seat change Increase1 Steady
Popular vote 1,026,129 742,805
Percentage 56.92% 41.20%
Swing Increase0.71% Increase0.65%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the seven U.S. Representatives from the state of South Carolina, an increase of one seat as a result of reapportionment thanks to the continued strong growth found in South Carolina as reported in the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. The people of South Carolina elected six Republicans and one Democrat to represent the state in the 113th United States Congress.

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2012[1][2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 1,026,129 56.92% 6 +1
Democratic 742,805 41.20% 1
Green 16,310 0.90% 0
Libertarian 6,334 0.35% 0
Others 11,156 0.62% 0
Totals 1,802,734 100.00% 7 +1

Redistricting

On July 26, 2011, the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate passed a compromise redistricting bill which would place the new 7th district in the Pee Dee region.[3] The bill was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on August 1.[4]

Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina's congressional redistricting had to be pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice or the United States District Court for the District of Columbia before it could be enacted.[5] The Department of Justice precleared the map in October 2011;[6] a subsequent lawsuit brought by six voters for discrimination under the new lines was dismissed by the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in March 2012.[7]

District 1

In redistricting, the 1st district was moved south along the coast to include Hilton Head and parts of Charleston County, and is expected to remain favorable to Republicans.[5] Republican Tim Scott, who has represented the 1st district since January 2011, seeked re-election.[8]

Bobbie Rose, a former teacher and realtor, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott.[9]

General election

Results

South Carolina's 1st congressional district, 2012[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Scott 179,908 62.0
Democratic Bobbie G. Rose 103,557 35.7
Libertarian Keith Blandford 6,334 2.2
n/a Write-ins 214 0.1
Total votes 290,013 100.0
Republican hold

District 2

In redistricting, Hilton Head and its surrounding areas, and counties on the state's southern border were removed from the 2nd district, which now includes all of Aiken County.[5] Republican Joe Wilson, who has represented the 2nd district since 2001, seeked re-election.[8] No candidate filed to run on the Democratic side.[8]

Republican primary

Candidates

  • Phil Black, businessman and 2008 & 2010 candidate for South Carolina's 2nd congressional district
  • Joe Wilson, incumbent

Primary results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Wilson (incumbent) 23,062 80.6
Republican Phil Black 5,557 19.4
Total votes 28,619 100.0

General election

Results

South Carolina's 2nd congressional district, 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Wilson (incumbent) 196,116 96.3
n/a Write-ins 7,602 3.7
Total votes 203,718 100.0
Republican hold

District 3

Redistricting added parts of Newberry and Greenville counties to the 3rd district; parts of Aiken County were removed. The district was expected to continue to favor Republicans.[5] Republican Jeff Duncan, who has represented the 3rd district since January 2011, sought re-election.[13]

Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Brian Doyle, radio talk show host[14]
  • Cason Gaither, former field Organizer for Vincent Sheheen's gubernatorial campaign in 2010

Primary results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brian Doyle 4,782 66.0
Democratic Cason Gaither 2,464 34.0
Total votes 7,246 100.0

General election

Results

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (incumbent) 169,512 66.5
Democratic Bryan Ryan B. Doyle 84,735 33.3
n/a Write-ins 516 0.2
Total votes 254,763 100.0
Republican hold

District 4

The redrawn 4th district maintains a balance between Greenville and Spartanburg counties, and is expected to continue to favor Republicans.[5] Republican Trey Gowdy, who has represented the 4th district since January 2011, sought re-election.[15] Greenville artist Jeff Sumerel is the nominee of the South Carolina Green Party.[16]

Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Deb Morrow[17]
  • Jimmy Tobias, businessman[18]

Primary results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deb Morrow 3,678 70.6
Democratic Jimmy Tobias 1,528 29.4
Total votes 5,206 100.0

General election

Results

South Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2012[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Trey Gowdy (incumbent) 173,201 64.9
Democratic Deb Morrow 89,964 33.7
Green Jeff Sumerel 3,390 1.3
n/a Write-ins 329 0.1
Total votes 266,884 100.0
Republican hold

District 5

The 5th district, which extends from the North Carolina border to the outskirts of Sumter, was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting.[5] Republican Mick Mulvaney, who has represented the 5th district since January 2011, sought re-election. Joyce Knott, a businesswoman, seeked the Democratic nomination to challenge Mulvaney.[19]

General election

Results

South Carolina's 5th congressional district, 2012[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mick Mulvaney (incumbent) 154,324 55.5
Democratic Joyce Knott 123,443 44.4
n/a Write-ins 236 0.1
Total votes 278,003 100.0
Republican hold

District 6

The 6th district is expected to continue to strongly favor Democrats.[5] Democrat Jim Clyburn, the Assistant Democratic Leader of the U.S. House who has represented the 6th district since 1993, faced Green Party nominee Nammu Muhammad.[16]

General election

Results

South Carolina's 6th congressional district, 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Clyburn (incumbent) 218,717 93.6
Green Nammu Y. Muhammad 12,920 5.5
n/a Write-ins 1,978 0.9
Total votes 233,615 100.0
Democratic hold

District 7

The new 7th district will represent most of the Pee Dee region, including Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro counties, along with a part of Florence County, and is expected to favor Republicans.[20]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declined

Primary results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gloria Tinubu 16,404 48.7
Democratic Preston Brittain 12,347 36.7
Democratic Ted Vick 2,375 7.0
Democratic Parnell Diggs 1,408 4.2
Democratic Harry Pavilack 1,132 3.4
Total votes 33,666 100.0

Runoff results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gloria Tinubu 17,930 72.7
Democratic Preston Brittain 6,733 27.3
Total votes 24,663 100.0

Republican primary

Candidates

  • André Bauer, former lieutenant governor[23]
  • Renée Culler, realtor[24]
  • Katherine Jenerette, Army veteran and 2010 candidate for South Carolina's 1st congressional district[8]
  • Jay Jordan, attorney[8]
  • Jim Mader, businessman[8][21]
  • Chad Prosser, former director of South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism[25]
  • Tom Rice, chairman of the Horry County Council[26]
  • Randal Wallace, Myrtle Beach city council-member[27]
  • Dick Withington, businessman and 2010 Democratic candidate for South Carolina's 1st congressional district[8][20]

Withdrew

Declined

Primary results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andre Bauer 12,037 32.1
Republican Tom Rice 10,252 27.4
Republican Jay Jordan 8,107 21.6
Republican Chad Prosser 3,824 10.2
Republican Katherine Jenerette 1,457 3.9
Republican Randal Wallace 691 1.8
Republican Dick Withington 641 1.7
Republican Renee Culler 279 0.7
Republican Jim Mader 180 0.5
Total votes 37,468 100.0

Runoff results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice 16,844 56.1
Republican Andre Bauer 13,173 43.9
Total votes 30,017 100.0

General election

Results

South Carolina's 7th congressional district, 2012[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice 153,068 55.5
Democratic Gloria Tinubu 122,389 44.4
n/a Write-ins 281 0.1
Total votes 275,738 100.0
Republican hold

References

  1. ^ "SC - Election Results". www.enr-scvotes.org. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  2. ^ The Democratic Party votes includes 28,614 votes cast for the Working Families Party. Democratic candidates in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th Districts also ran under this party banner.
  3. ^ Kittle, Robert (July 26, 2011). "SC Lawmakers Approve Compromise Redistricting Plan". WSPA. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "Governor signs bill that creates new congressional district". CarolinaLive.com. WPDE. August 1, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Miller, Joshua (August 2, 2011). "Race Ratings: GOP Strengthens Grip on South Carolina". Roll Call. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Miller, Joshua (October 31, 2011). "DOJ Approves New South Carolina Map". Roll Call. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  7. ^ Kinnard, Meg (March 20, 2012). "6 black voters appeal S.C. redistricting plan". Aiken Standard. Associated Press. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Adcox, Seanna (March 30, 2012). "14 to run in SC's new congressional district". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved April 1, 2012.[dead link]
  9. ^ Bowers, Paul (March 29, 2012). "Democratic challenger sets her sights on Tim Scott's seat". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Election Statistics - US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d The votes for the Democratic candidate includes votes cast for the candidate who also ran under the Working Families Party ticket
  12. ^ Tim Scott resigned his seat in the 112th and 113th Congresses effective January 2, 2013, in order to be appointed to the United States Senate in place of Senator Jim DeMint, who resigned. As a result, the seat for the 1st congressional district was vacant from the onset of the 113th Congress.
  13. ^ Brown, Kirk (March 12, 2012). "Rep. Jeff Duncan will seek second term in Congress". The Anderson Independent-Mail. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  14. ^ "Two Democrats running for Congress speak at Tri-County Tech rally". The Anderson Independent-Mail. March 14, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  15. ^ Drury, Shawn (March 17, 2012). "Rep. Trey Gowdy Announces Re-election Bid, Publishes Op-Ed on Religious Freedom". Mauldin Patch. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  16. ^ a b "2012 Convention Parties Certified Candidates". South Carolina State Election Commission. Archived from the original on September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  17. ^ Doughman, Andrew (March 20, 2012). "Inman Democrat tired of 'do-nothing' attitude, files for Gowdy's seat". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  18. ^ Doughman, Andrew (March 20, 2012). "Business owner wants to rein in 'radical' GOP, seeks 4th congressional seat". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  19. ^ Self, Jamie (March 31, 2012). "Rock Hill Democrat prepares for tough congressional race". The Rock Hill Herald. Retrieved April 1, 2012.
  20. ^ a b c d "Two more announce candidacy for 7th congressional district seat". SCNOW. Media General. November 4, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  21. ^ a b c Dickerson, Brad (December 28, 2011). "Two more enter crowded 7th Congressional race". The Sun News. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  22. ^ Vasselli, Gina (September 27, 2011). "Area lawyer, activist for the blind announces bid for Congress in Myrtle Beach". The Sun News. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  23. ^ "Harwell to seek 7th congressional district seat". SCNOW. Media General. November 29, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  24. ^ Fuller, Kelly M. (October 6, 2011). "Culler may run for U.S. House seat". Georgetown (South Carolina) Times. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  25. ^ Fuller, Kelly M. (January 27, 2012). "Prosser announces run for S.C. District 7". Georgetown Times. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  26. ^ "Horry County council chair announces candidacy for 7th District". WPDE-TV. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  27. ^ McGinnis, Tim (November 22, 2011). "Myrtle Beach city councilman running for 7th congressional district seat". WPDE-TV. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  28. ^ Ray, Rusty (August 4, 2011). "Viers seeks 7th district congress seat, promises less government". SCNOW. Media General. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  29. ^ "Rep. Thad Viers arrested, withdrawing from 7th District race". WMBF-TV. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  30. ^ "Bauer announces candidacy for 7th congressional district seat". SCNOW. Media General. October 17, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  31. ^ "Harwell withdraws from race for new 7th congressional district". WPDE-TV. January 10, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  32. ^ Spechko, Victoria (March 27, 2012). "Wilkes withdraws, endorses Bauer for 7th Congressional race". WPDE-TV. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  33. ^ Naquin, Ryan (October 30, 2011). "Clemmons will not run for Congressional Seat". WPDE-TV. Retrieved October 30, 2011.

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