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2018 South Carolina elections

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A general election was be held in the U.S. state of South Carolina on November 6, 2018. All of South Carolina's executive officers were up for election as well as all of South Carolina's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Beginning with the 2018 gubernatorial election, the offices of governor and lieutenant governor were elected jointly as a ticket instead of being elected separately as in prior years.[1]

Former incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley was term-limited and could not run for re-election to a third consecutive term. Haley was selected as United States Ambassador to the United Nations in the Donald Trump administration.[2] Haley's nomination was confirmed.[3] Former Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster became governor on January 24, 2017, for the remainder of the term.[4]

Attorney General

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson ran for re-election to a third term.[5]

Other Republican candidates included State Representative Todd Atwater, like Wilson, from Lexington [6] and Greenville attorney William Herlong.[7]

Potential Democratic candidates include 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe.[8][needs update]

Secretary of State

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Mark Hammond ran for re-election to a fifth term in office.[9]

State Representative Joshua Putnam is challenged Hammond for the Republican nomination.[9]

Governing magazine had projected the race as "safe Republican".[10]


Incumbent Republican Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. is eligible to run for re-election to a third term in office.

Comptroller General

Incumbent Republican Richard Eckstrom won re-election to a fifth term in office.

Superintendent of Education

Incumbent Republican Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman is eligible to run for re-election to a second term.

Commissioner of Agriculture

Incumbent Republican Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers, who was appointed to the position in September 2004, is eligible to run for re-election to a fourth full term in office.

United States House of Representatives

All of South Carolina's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2018.

South Carolina State House of Representatives

All 124 seats in the South Carolina House of Representatives were up for election in 2018. On election day 2018, Republicans controlled 80 seats as compared to the Democrats' 44. Although four seats flipped party, there was no net change in the composition of the state House because Republicans flipped Districts 42 and 97 while Democrats flipped Districts 15 and 117. Republicans maintained their 80-to-44 seat majority in the South Carolina House following the 2018 election.


  1. ^ "SC voters in favor of governor-lieutenant governor ticket". WBTV. November 7, 2012. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  2. ^ Haberman, Maggie (November 23, 2016). "Nikki Haley Chosen as U.N. Ambassador". The New York Times. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Nikki Haley easily confirmed as UN ambassador". CNN.
  4. ^ Stevens, Matthew (November 23, 2016). "McMaster set to get coveted governor's seat". WACH. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Self, Jamie (February 7, 2018). "Attorney General Wilson says no one has done more to fight SC corruption than he has". The State. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "South Carolina Rep. Todd Atwater launches GOP primary challenge against Attorney General Alan Wilson". Post and Courier. December 6, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Greenville lawyer William Herlong kicks off campaign for S.C. attorney general". Greenville Online. January 8, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Jones, Tyler (September 13, 2016). "2018 SC Governor's Race - 8 Democrats to Watch". Speak Strategic. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Brown, Kirk (May 2, 2017). "Rep. Putnam to run for S.C. secretary of state". The Anderson Independent-Mail. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  10. ^ Jacobson, Louis (4 June 2018). "Secretary of State Races Are More Competitive and Important Than Ever". Governing. Retrieved 22 September 2019.

External links

Official Attorney General campaign websites
Official Secretary of State campaign websites
Official State Treasurer campaign websites
Official Superintendent of Education campaign websites
Official Commissioner of Agriculture campaign websites
This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 03:02
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