2008 South Carolina Republican primary
The South Carolina Republican primary, 2008 was held on January 19, with 24 delegates at stake. The Republican National Committee took half of South Carolina's 47 delegates away from them because the state committee moved its Republican primary before February 5, it was held on the same day as the Nevada Republican caucuses, 2008. The primary has become one of several key early state nominating contests in the process of choosing the nominee of the Republican party for the November 2008 election for President of the United States, it has been more important for the Republican Party than for the Democratic Party. As of 2008, the primary has cemented its place as the "First in the South" primary for both parties; this state's 24 delegates would be awarded on a "Winner-Takes-All" basis. 12 Delegates for the Statewide winner and 12 delegates awarded on a District-winner basis awarding 2 delegates for each of the states 6 Congressional districts. As of January 19, RealClearPolitics reported that the average support from polls placed McCain in the lead with 26.9%, followed by Huckabee with 25.9%, Romney with 14.7%, Thompson with 14.6%, Paul with 4.4%, Giuliani with 3.4%.
Huckabee lost by a 14,743 vote margin. He did manage to win Congressional districts 3, 4 and 5 in the North of the state earning him a total of 6 delegates. John McCain won the statewide primary earning him 12 Delegates as well as Congressional Districts 1, 2 and 6. Earning him an additional 6 delegates for a total of 18. * Candidate withdrew his bid for the nomination prior to the reporting of the primary. On January 22, 2008 after a poor showing Fred Thompson dropped out of the race. Duncan Hunter did so too. 1980: Ronald Reagan won with 54%, defeating runner-up John Connally. 1984: Uncontested. 1988: George H. W. Bush won with 49%, defeating runner-up Bob Dole. 1992: George H. W. Bush won with 68%, defeating runner-up Pat Buchanan. 1996: Bob Dole won with 45%, defeating runner-up Pat Buchanan. 2000: George W. Bush won with 53%, defeating runner-up John McCain. 2004: Uncontested. Republican Party presidential primaries, 2008 South Carolina primary South Carolina Democratic primary, 2008 Election Center 2008:Primary Results for South Carolina South Carolina GOP Presidential Primary Task Force 2008 South Carolina Primary
1868 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1868 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 3, 1868, as part of the 1868 United States presidential election. Voters chose six representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president; this would be the first time in South Carolina's history where the popular vote was used in the state during the presidential election. South Carolina voted for the Republican nominee, General Ulysses S. Grant, over the Democratic nominee, former Governor of New York Horatio Seymour. Grant won the state by a margin of 15.86%
2012 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 2012 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 General Election in which all 50 states plus The District of Columbia participated. South Carolina voters chose 9 electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. Romney defeated Obama in the state by 54.56% to 44.09%, a margin of 10.47%. President Obama was unopposed in the Democratic primary and won with more than 99% of the vote; the Democratic election was held on January 2012, one week after the Republican election. The Republican primary was held on January 21, 2012. During the primary election campaign, the candidates ran on a platform of government reform in Washington. Domestic and economic policy emerged as the main themes in the election campaign following the onset of the 2008 economic crisis, as well as policies implemented by the Obama administration.
This included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, termed "Obamacare" by its opponents, as well as government spending as a whole. The primary has become one of several key early state nominating contests in the process of choosing the nominee of the Republican Party for the election for President of the United States, it has been more important for the Republican Party than for the Democratic Party. As of 2012, the primary has cemented its place as the "First in the South" primary for both parties. Newt Gingrich was declared the winner of the race as soon as polls closed, Mitt Romney went on to win the nomination; the 2012 South Carolina Republican primary was tentatively scheduled to occur on February 28, 2012, much than the date in 2008, which immediately followed the beginning of the year in January 2008. On September 29, 2011, the entire schedule of caucuses and primaries was disrupted, when it was announced that the Republican Party of Florida had decided to move up its primary to January 31, in an attempt to bring attention to its own primary contest, attract the presidential candidates to visit the state.
Because of the move, the Republican National Committee decided to strip Florida of half of its delegates. As a result, the South Carolina Republican Party, along with Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada sought to move their primaries and caucuses back into early January. All but Nevada, who agreed to follow Florida, confirmed their caucus and primary dates to take place throughout January, with South Carolina deciding to hold their contest on January 21, 2012, it is an open primary. Nine candidates appeared on the presidential primary ballot. South Carolina had only 25 delegates up for grabs because it moved its primary to January 21. Eleven delegates were awarded for the statewide winner, Newt Gingrich, two additional delegates were awarded to the winner of each of the seven congressional districts. Six districts were won by Gingrich, one by Romney, giving Gingrich twelve additional delegates and Romney two delegates. Official results with 100% precincts reporting. There were 2,804,231 registered voters, for a turnout of 21.60%.
Technically the voters of South Carolina cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. South Carolina is allocated 9 electors because it has 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 9 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 9 electoral votes, their chosen electors vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector; the electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 19, 2016, to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols; the following were the members of the Electoral College from the state.
All 9 were pledged for Romney/Ryan. Bruce Chadwick Connelly Chair, South Carolina Republican Party Drew McKissick Parliamentarian, South Carolina Republican Party Cynthia F. Costa, Republican National Committee Randall S. Page Janice C. McCord Betty Sheppard Poe Sandra R. Stroman Roy Rex Lindsey III James Edward Jerow South Carolina primary Republican Party presidential debates, 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012 Results of the 2012 Republican Party presidential primaries South Carolina Republican Party South Carolina State Election Commission South Carolina's Secretary of State South Carolina Republican Party The Green Papers: for South Carolina The Green Papers: Major state elections in chronological order
1912 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1912 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 5, 1912, as part of the 1912 United States Presidential Election, held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina was won by the Democratic nominees, New Jersey Governor Woodrow Wilson and Indiana Governor Thomas R. Marshall. Wilson and Marshall defeated incumbent President William Howard Taft, his running mate Vice President James S. Sherman and Progressive Party candidates, former President Theodore Roosevelt and his running mate California Governor Hiram Johnson. Wilson won South Carolina by a landslide margin of 93.37 percent
1872 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1872 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 5, 1872. All contemporary 37 states were part of the 1872 United States presidential election; the state voters chose seven electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president. South Carolina was won by the Republican nominees, incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant of Illinois and his running mate Senator Henry Wilson of Massachusetts. Grant and Wilson defeated the Liberal Republican and Democratic nominees, former Congressman Horace Greeley of New York and his running mate former Senator and Governor Benjamin Gratz Brown of Missouri by a margin of 51.95%. With 75.73% of the popular vote, South Carolina would be Grant's second strongest victory in terms of percentage in the popular vote after Vermont
1980 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1980 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 4, 1980. All fifty states and The District of Columbia were part of the 1980 United States presidential election. South Carolina voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina was won by former California Governor Ronald Reagan by a slim margin of 1 point and a half; the state weighed in for this election as 8 percentage points more Democratic than the national average, just 3% less than four years earlier. As of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which the following counties voted for a Democratic presidential candidate: York, Oconee, Greenwood and Saluda
1972 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1972 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 7, 1972. All fifty states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1972 United States presidential election. South Carolina voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina overwhelmingly voted for the Republican nominees, incumbent President Richard Nixon of California and his running mate Vice President Spiro Agnew of Maryland. Nixon and Agnew defeated the Democratic nominees, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and his running mate U. S. Ambassador Sargent Shriver of Maryland. Nixon carried South Carolina with 70.58 percent of the vote to McGovern’s 27.92 percent, a victory margin of 42.66 percent. This election provided the Republican Party with its best presidential result in South Carolina since Reconstruction and constitutes the only presidential election where the Republican candidate carried every county in the state; this is the only time, as of the 2016 presidential election, that Marlboro County has voted for a Republican presidential candidate since that county was founded in 1896, the first time the Wallace counties of Union and Cherokee had voted Republican.
It is the last time, as of the 2016 presidential election, when Orangeburg County, Clarendon County, Williamsburg County, Marion County, Jasper County, Fairfield County, Hampton County, Lee County, Allendale County have voted for a Republican presidential candidate. McCormick County would not vote Republican again until Donald Trump in 2016