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
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
1884 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1884 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 4, 1884, as part of the 1884 United States presidential election. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, Grover Cleveland, over the Republican nominee, James G. Blaine. Cleveland won the state by a wide margin of 51.84%
1988 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 1988 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 8, 1988. All fifty states and the District of Columbia, were part of the 1988 United States presidential election. South Carolina voters chose eight electors to the Electoral College, which selected the president and vice president. South Carolina was won by incumbent United States Vice President George H. W. Bush of Texas, running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis. Bush ran with Indiana Senator Dan Quayle as Vice President, Dukakis ran with Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen. South Carolina weighed in for this election as 16% more Republican than the national average, was the fourth most Republican state in the nation behind Utah, New Hampshire and Idaho; the presidential election of 1988 was a partisan election for South Carolina, with more than 99% of the electorate voting for either the Democratic or Republican parties, only four candidates appearing on the ballot. As can be seen in several states across the country during this election, the large population centers in South Carolina voted Republican, but several counties near-by the large population centers voted Democratic, suggesting the influence of suburban populations.
A good example of this effect, is with the city of Columbia's Richland County, which voted Republican, while its less-populated neighbor, Fairfield County, voted Democratic. This geographic trend is opposite of what you would expect to see with these parties, once again may suggest an element of influence from the city of Columbia's suburban districts; as of the 2016 presidential election, this is the last election in which Richland County and Dillon County voted for a Republican Presidential candidate. Bush won the election in South Carolina with a solid 24 point sweep-out landslide. South Carolina has voted for the same candidate as its sister Southern States in every presidential election since 1968. Bush's easy win in the former Democratic bastion was reflective of a nationwide reconsolidation of base for the Republican Party, which took place through the 1980s. Through the passage of some controversial economic programs, spearheaded by President Ronald Reagan, the mid-to-late 1980s saw a period of economic growth and stability.
The hallmark for Reaganomics was, in part, the wide-scale deregulation of corporate interests, tax cuts for the wealthy. Dukakis ran on a liberal platform, advocated for higher economic regulation and environmental protection. Bush, ran on a campaign of continuing the social and economic policies of former President Reagan – which gained him much support with social conservatives and people living in rural areas. Additionally, while the economic programs passed under Reagan, furthered under Bush and Clinton, may have boosted the economy for a brief period, they are criticized by many analysts as "setting the stage" for economic troubles in the United State after 2007, such as the Great Recession. Gulf War Presidency of George H. W. Bush
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
2008 United States presidential election in South Carolina
The 2008 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 4, 2008, was part of the 2008 United States presidential election. Voters chose 8 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president. South Carolina was won by Republican nominee John McCain by a 9.0% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 17 news organizations considered this a state McCain would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. Despite the significant proportion of African Americans in the state, South Carolina still remains, like most other states throughout the South, a GOP stronghold at the state and federal levels. Republican John McCain kept South Carolina in the GOP column in 2008; this is the first time. For both parties in 2008, 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. For Democrats, it was the last primary before 22 states hosted their primaries or caucuses on February 5, 2008.
The 2008 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary took place on January 26, 2008. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois won the primary's popular vote by a 28.9% margin. South Carolina's 45 delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention were awarded proportionally based on the results of the primary; the state sent nine superdelegates. New York Senator Hillary Clinton Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel Illinois Senator Barack Obama Delaware Senator Joe Biden Dropped out on January 4, 2008 Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd Dropped out on January 4, 2008 New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Dropped out on January 10, 2008 Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich Dropped out on January 25, 2008 New York Comedian Stephen Colbert Denied Ballot on November 1, 2007 and dropped out November 5, 2007 On the day of the South Carolina primary, Senator John Edwards led in fund raising from the state of South Carolina, followed by Barack Obama and Bill Richardson.
Obtained from CNN as of January 26, 2008 All monthly averages were retrieved from RealClearPolitics. Denotes Leader during Poll AverageDespite maintaining a major early lead in the polls, Senator Clinton fell after the Iowa Caucuses, as Barack Obama skyrocketed and John Edwards began to receive a gradual increase in the polling. However, in the last three polls taken before the South Carolina Primary, Barack Obama took a commanding lead over both Edwards and Clinton. Former Senator John Edwards had come into the margin of error with Senator Clinton for second place in the South Carolina Primary. Throughout the South Carolina campaign, most pundits had predicted Barack Obama the winner because of the state's large African-American population. For this reason, Obama was shown to be ahead of his two rivals, John Edwards, who carried the state in 2004, Hillary Clinton, whose husband was popular in the African-American community. In early polls taken in the weeks leading up to the primary, Clinton had a double-digit lead over both Edwards and Obama.
During a majority of the final campaigning, the attacks between the Clinton campaign and the Obama campaign intensified by the candidates as well as the media coverage. Barack Obama began to attack former President Bill Clinton for his comments which were taken as racist; these comments are considered by analyst and historians alike as the turning point of the South Carolina primary and the cause of Clinton's loss of support from the black community. Despite the increasing tensions between the Clinton and Obama camps, Obama continued to lead in the polls. Into the final days of the campaign in South Carolina, it became apparent that Obama would win by a rather wide margin; the final tally had Obama winning by 28.9 % over Hillary Clinton. In the early months of the campaign, Clinton enjoyed a steep lead over Senator Obama, a 30-point lead over former Senator John Edwards. However, after Obama's win in Iowa, Clinton's campaign in South Carolina began to fall apart by the Obama political machine rolling into South Carolina with force.
For Clinton, despite winning the popular vote in Nevada, the fact that she had lost Nevada's National Delegates, receiving 12 compared to Obama's 13 still lingered in the media. This, combined with the fact of Bill Clinton's continuing negative publicity from "injecting race into the campaign" as several people called Bill Clinton's actions in his wife's campaign. Between battling media scrutiny on Bill Clinton, constant attacks between the Obama and Clinton campaigns, a surging John Edwards which threatened a Clinton second-place finish, poll number began to plunge, with a poll taken by Reuters-Cspan-Zogby showing Clinton in the margin of error for second place with Edwards, with Edwards at 21% and Clinton at 25%; this was combined with the fact of Edwards's constant barrage of attacks claiming Clinton big city politics were "too good for the people of South Carolina". However, despite the attacks from opponents that Bill Clinton's attacks alienated African-Americans, Clinton was able to keep a 35% support amongst that key constituency, while losing the white vote to Edwards, In the end, Clinton's African-American support was able to place her in a clear second-place finish, finishing 9 points ahead of John Edwards despite losing to Obama by 29 points.
After the terrible results for the Edwards Campaign during the Nevada caucuses, in which Edwards finished in third with 4% of the state delegation and received no national delegates, South Carolina began to
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