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2018 South Carolina gubernatorial election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2018

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (cropped).jpg
Smith Headshot (cropped).jpg
Nominee Henry McMaster James Smith
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Pamela Evette Mandy Powers Norrell
Popular vote 921,342 784,182
Percentage 54.0% 45.9%

South Carolina Governor Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County Results

McMaster:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Smith:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Henry McMaster
Republican

Elected Governor

Henry McMaster
Republican

The 2018 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of South Carolina. Incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster ran for election to a full term. The primary was held on June 12, with the Democrats nominating James E. Smith Jr.. Governor McMaster, having failed to win a majority of the vote, defeated John Warren in the Republican runoff on June 26. McMaster defeated Smith in the general election, thereby winning election to a full term.[1]

Republican primary

Candidates

Nominee

Defeated in Runoff

  • John Warren, businessman[5][6]
    • Running mate: Pat McKinney, businessman[7]

Defeated in Primary

Declined

Endorsements

Catherine Templeton
State figures
Organizations
John Warren
State figures

First round

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Henry McMaster Kevin Bryant Yancey McGill Catherine Templeton John Warren Other Undecided
Fabrizio, Lee and Associates (R-Warren) May 29–31, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 33% 5% 2% 17% 19% 24%
Target-Insyght May 29–31, 2018 400 ± 5.0% 37% 4% 3% 25% 20% 11%
Target-Insyght April 3–5, 2018 400 ± 5.0% 46% 6% 4% 22% 1% 22%
TargetPoint/GQR March 10–17, 2018 397 41% 5% 3% 10% 2% 35%
The Trafalgar Group (R) November 29 – December 30, 2017 2,223 ± 2.1% 40% 11% 3% 8% 10% 28%
Mason-Dixon December 6–10, 2017 400 ± 5.0% 51% 8% 1% 21% 19%
South Carolina Public Affairs October 10–11, 2017 633 ± 4.0% 33% 5% 5% 7% 50%

Results

Map showing the results of the 2018 South Carolina Republican Gubernatorial Primary (Round 1) by county
Map showing the results of the 2018 South Carolina Republican Gubernatorial Primary (Round 1) by county
Republican primary results[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry McMaster (incumbent) 155,723 42.32
Republican John Warren 102,390 27.82
Republican Catherine Templeton 78,705 21.39
Republican Kevin Bryant 24,790 6.74
Republican Yancey McGill 6,375 1.73
Total votes 367,983 100.0

Runoff

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Henry
McMaster
John
Warren
Undecided
The Trafalgar Group (R) June 19–21, 2018 1,650 ± 3.0% 54% 37% 9%
Fabrizio, Lee and Associates (R-Warren) June 19–20, 2018 500 ± 4.4% 42% 46% 13%
The Trafalgar Group (R) June 13–14, 2018 1,000 ± 3.0% 60% 31% 9%

Results

Primary runoff results by county:  McMaster   80–90%   70–80%   60–70%   50–60%    Warren   50–60%   60–70%   70–80%
Primary runoff results by county:
Republican primary runoff results[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry McMaster (incumbent) 184,286 53.63
Republican John Warren 159,349 46.37
Total votes 343,635 100.0

Democratic primary

Candidates

Nominee

Defeated in Primary

Declined

Endorsements

Phil Noble

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Phil
Noble
James
Smith
Marguerite
Willis
Other Undecided
Target-Insyght April 3–5, 2018 400 ± 5.0% 27% 27% 21% 25%
TargetPoint/GQR March 10–17, 2018 296 7% 18% 11% 57%
The Trafalgar Group (R) November 29 – December 30, 2017 2,223 ± 2.1% 25% 20% 21% 34%

Results

Map showing the results of the 2018 South Carolina Democratic Gubernatorial Primary by county
Map showing the results of the 2018 South Carolina Democratic Gubernatorial Primary by county
Democratic primary results[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic James Smith 148,633 61.81
Democratic Marguerite Willis 66,248 27.55
Democratic Phil Noble 25,587 10.64
Total votes 240,468 100.0

Independents and Third Parties

Declared

  • Phil Cheney (independent), former Anderson City Councilman, candidate for SC-03 in 2006 and write-in candidate for SC-05 in 2017[47]

Failed Nomination

  • Martin Barry (American Party), medication researcher,[48] nomination declined by the American Party[49]
    • Running mate: James Cartee, theater director

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[50] Likely R August 30, 2018
The Washington Post[51] Likely R October 16, 2018
FiveThirtyEight[52] Solid R October 17, 2018
Rothenberg Political Report[53] Solid R August 31, 2018
Sabato's Crystal Ball[54] Safe R September 5, 2018
RealClearPolitics[55] Safe R October 9, 2018
Daily Kos[56] Likely R September 5, 2018
Fox News[57][a] Likely R October 9, 2018
Politico[58] Likely R October 9, 2018
Governing[59] Likely R October 2, 2018
Notes
  1. ^ The Fox News Midterm Power Rankings uniquely does not contain a category for Safe/Solid races

Endorsements

Henry McMaster (R)
U.S. Executive Branch officials
State figures
Organizations
Newspapers
James Smith (D)
Former U.S. Executive Branch officials
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
Local and statewide politicians
Individuals
Organizations

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Henry
McMaster (R)
James
Smith (D)
Undecided
The Trafalgar Group (R) October 29–31, 2018 3,792 ± 1.6% 54% 38% 8%
The Trafalgar Group (R) October 12–14, 2018 4,830 ± 2.1% 56% 32% 12%
The Trafalgar Group (R) September 24 – October 2, 2018 2,692 ± 1.9% 51% 37% 13%
The Tarrance Group (R-RGA) August 11–13, 2018 601 ± 4.1% 52% 41% 7%
Garin-Hart-Yang (D-Smith) August 6–9, 2018 605 ± 4.1% 47% 43% 10%

Results

South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Henry McMaster (incumbent) 921,342 53.96% -1.94%
Democratic James Smith 784,182 45.92% +4.50%
n/a Write-ins 2,045 0.12% +0.05%
Total votes 1,707,569 100.0% N/A
Republican hold

See also

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External links

Official campaign websites
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