1948 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1948 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 2, 1948, as part of the 1948 United States presidential election. State voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president. South Carolina was won by States' Rights Democratic candidate Strom Thurmond, defeating the Democratic candidate, incumbent President Harry S. Truman, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Thurmond won his native state by a margin of 47.77 percent, making him the first third-party candidate to carry the state since Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge in 1860. For six decades South Carolina had been a one-party state dominated by the Democratic Party; the Republican Party had been moribund due to the disfranchisement of blacks and the complete absence of other support bases as the Palmetto State lacked upland or German refugee whites opposed to secession. Between 1900 and 1944, no Republican presidential candidate obtained more than seven percent of the total presidential vote – a vote which in 1924 reached as low as 6.6 percent of the total voting-age population.
This absolute loyalty to the Democratic Party – so strong that Catholic Al Smith in 1928 received over ninety percent of South Carolina's limited vote total at the same time as five former Confederate states bolted to Herbert Hoover – began to break down with Henry A. Wallace's appointment as Vice-President and the 1943 Detroit race riots; the northern left wing of the Democratic Party became as a result of this riot committed to restoring black political rights, a policy vehemently opposed by all Southern Democrats as an infringement upon "states' rights". Tension widened much further when new President Harry Truman, himself a Southerner from Missouri, had described to him a number of horrifying lynchings and racial violence against black veterans, most crucially the beating and blinding of Isaac Woodard three hours after being discharged from the army. Truman viewed as no friend of civil rights, came to believe that racial violence against blacks in the South was a threat to the United States' image abroad and its ability to win the Cold War against the radically egalitarian rhetoric of Communism.
The result was a major Civil Rights plan titled To Secure These Rights a year and a civil rights plank in the 1948 Democratic platform. Southern Democrats were enraged by these proposals and thus sought to form a "States' Rights" Democratic ticket, which would replace Truman as the official Democratic nominee. In South Carolina, Dixiecrats controlled the situation and achieved this, so that Thurmond and Mississippi Governor Fielding Wright were listed as the official "Democratic" nominees. Significant opposition to Thurmond came from the poor whites of the industrial upcountry, who rejected the Dixiecrats' opposition to public works and labor regulation. However, sufficiently few of these poorer whites voted that Thurmond was able to carry South Carolina, winning 44 of the state's 46 counties and over seventy-one percent of the total presidential vote. Thurmond exceeded 72 percent in all but twelve counties, passed ninety percent in ten
1908 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1908 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 3, 1908. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic nominee, former U. S. Representative William Jennings Bryan, over the Republican nominee, Secretary of War William Howard Taft. Bryan won the state by a landslide margin of 87.9 percent. Although South Carolina was Taft’s weakest state, he performed better in the state than Theodore Roosevelt had four years prior
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
1900 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1900 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 6, 1900. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors, to the Electoral College, who voted for the President and Vice President. South Carolina overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic nominee, former U. S. Representative and 1896 Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan, over the Republican nominee, President William McKinley. Bryan won South Carolina by a landslide margin of 85.92% in this rematch of the 1896 presidential election. Despite McKinley’s decisive victory nationwide as a result of the return of economic prosperity and recent victory in the Spanish–American War, South Carolina proved to be his weakest state, due to the nearly complete disfranchisement of the black majority, the party’s sole support in the state; this would be the last election when the Republican Party won any county in South Carolina until Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, the last when any county voted against the Democrats until Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond carried every county bar Anderson and Spartanburg in 1948
2004 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 2004 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 2, 2004, as part of the 2004 United States presidential election which took place throughout all 50 states and D. C. Voters chose eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina was won by incumbent President George W. Bush by a 17.1% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 12 news organizations considered this a state Bush would win, or otherwise considered it as a safe red state. No Democrat had won this state since 1976. On election day, Bush won a majority of congressional districts in the state; the results were similar to the state's results in 2000, although Democratic Senator John Edwards of the bordering state of North Carolina was chosen as the vice presidential nominee. Bush won both of the two largest counties of South Carolina, although the Democratic nominee carries the largest county in the state. For both parties in 2004, South Carolina's was the first primary in a Southern state and the first primary in a state in which African Americans make up a sizable percentage of the electorate.
The Democratic primary was held on February 3, with 45 delegates at stake. It was held on the same day as caucuses. South Carolina's 45 delegates to the 2004 Democratic National Convention were awarded proportionally based on the results of the primary; the state sent ten superdelegates. General Wesley Clark of Arkansas Former Governor Howard Dean of Vermont Senator John Edwards of North Carolina Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, 2000 Democratic Party vice-presidential candidate Reverend Al Sharpton of New York Representative Dick Gephardt of Missouri, former House Minority Leader Former Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois There were 12 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day. D. C. Political Report: Solid Republican Associated Press: Solid Bush CNN: Bush Cook Political Report: Solid Republican Newsweek: Solid Bush New York Times: Solid Bush Rasmussen Reports: Bush Research 2000: Solid Bush Washington Post: Bush Washington Times: Solid Bush Zogby International: Bush Washington Dispatch: Bush Bush won every pre-election poll, each with a double-digit margin and with at least 49% of the vote.
The final 3 poll average showed Bush leading 55% to 41%. Bush raised $3,113,641. Kerry raised $533,966. Neither campaign visited this state during the fall election. South Carolina part of the Solid South, has become a Republican stronghold in the past few presidential elections. Since Barry Goldwater carried the state in 1964, the only Democratic presidential nominee to win it was Jimmy Carter of neighboring Georgia in 1976. Since the Palmetto State has been a safe bet for the Republicans; as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Charleston County voted for the Republican candidate. Bush won 5 of 6 congressional districts including a district won by a Democratic representative Technically the voters of South Carolina cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. South Carolina is allocated 8 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 8 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 8 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 13, 2004, 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 8 were pledged for Bush/Cheney. Katon Dawson Buddy Witherspoon Wayland Moody Thomas McLean Brenda Bedenbaugh Edwin Foulke Robert Reagan Drew McKissick
1968 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1968 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 5, 1968. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were part of the 1968 United States presidential election. South Carolina voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina voted more or less for the candidates, resulting in Republican candidate Richard Nixon of California and his running mate Vice President Spiro Agnew of Maryland receiving a plurality of the votes as opposed to a majority. Nixon carried South Carolina with 38.09% of the vote to American Independent Party candidate George Wallace’s 32.30% and Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey's 29.61%, a victory margin of 5.79%
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%