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South Carolina elections, 2014

A general election will be held in the U.S. state of South Carolina on November 4, 2014. All of South Carolina's executive officers are up for election as well as both United States Senate seats, and all of South Carolina's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives.

Primary elections were held on June 10, 2014 and primary runoffs were held on June 24.

Contents

  • Governor 1
  • Lieutenant Governor 2
  • Attorney General 3
  • Secretary of State 4
  • Treasurer 5
  • Comptroller General 6
  • Superintendent of Education 7
  • Commissioner of Agriculture 8
  • Adjutant General 9
  • United States Senate 10
  • United States House of Representatives 11
  • Advisory Questions and Referendums 12
    • Primary Advisory Questions 12.1
    • Constitutional Amendments 12.2
  • References 13
  • External links 14

Governor

Incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley ran for re-election to a second term.[1]

Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen, the nominee in 2010 ran again.[2]

Republican-turned-Independent United Citizens Party.[5]

Haley won re-election.

Lieutenant Governor

This was the last election in which the Lieutenant Governor was elected separately from the Governor. Republican Ken Ard, who was elected in 2010, resigned the office in March 2012 while under investigation for ethics charges. He was succeeded by a fellow Republican, President pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate Glenn F. McConnell. McConnell had planned to run, but withdrew from the race in January 2014[6] and was announced as the next President of the College of Charleston in March, a position he took up in June.[7]

The state constitution requires that the Senate President pro tempore become Lieutenant Governor in the event of a vacancy but McConnell's successor as President pro tempore, Republican State Senator John E. Courson, expressed no desire to give up his Senate seat to serve as Lieutenant Governor for six months. He went as far as resigning as President pro tempore, to avoid becoming Lieutenant Governor, a position widely regarded as one of the weakest in the state. There was much confusion as to what would happen next, with McConnell saying he would delay his resignation so as not to leave the state "in a constitutional crisis" and Courson and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry A. Martin saying that they knew of no Senator who would want to become Lieutenant Governor for six months.[8] The dispute was finally ended when Democrat Yancey McGill agreed to become Senate President pro tempore, and then Lieutenant Governor. After he ascended to that office, Republican Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. became the new Senate President pro tempore.[9]

Businessman Mike Campbell, who lost the runoff for Lieutenant Governor in 2010, businessman Pat McKinney, former Attorney General of South Carolina and candidate for Governor in 2010 Henry McMaster and minister Ray Moore ran for the Republican nomination.[10]

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Results, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry McMaster 131,546 43.63
Republican Pat McKinney 73,451 24.36
Republican Mike Campbell 72,204 23.95
Republican Ray Moore 24,335 8.07
Total votes 301,536 100

As no candidate won a majority of the vote, a runoff was held. A recount had been scheduled to take place as the difference between second-placed Pat McKinney and third-placed Mike Campbell was only 0.41%, but McKinney withdrew from the race, citing personal reasons.[12] Campbell thus faced first-placed Henry McMaster in the runoff.

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary Runoff results, 2014[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry McMaster 85,301 63.58
Republican Mike Campbell 48,863 36.42
Total votes 134,164 100

State Representative Bakari Sellers ran for the Democrats.[14] McMaster won the general election.

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Henry McMaster 726,821 58.75% +3.59%
Democratic Bakari Sellers 508,807 41.13% -3.64%
Write-ins 1,514 0.12% +0.04%
Majority 218,014 17.62% +7.53%
Turnout 1,237,142 42.94% -7.54%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

Attorney General

Incumbent Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson ran for re-election to a second term in office.

Attorney, President of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina and candidate for South Carolina's 7th congressional district in 2012 Parnell Diggs ran as the Democratic nominee. Wilson defeated him and won re-election.

South Carolina Attorney General election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Alan Wilson 738,434 60.26% +6.52%
Democratic Parnell Diggs 486,058 39.67% -4.53%
Write-ins 879 0.07% +0.03%
Majority 252,376 17.62% +8.10%
Turnout 1,225,371 42.53% -7.95%
Republican hold Swing

Secretary of State

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Mark Hammond is running for re-election to a fourth term in office.

Nonprofit consultant Ginny Deerin ran as the Democratic nominee. She was endorsed by the

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  7. ^ http://www.thestate.com/2014/03/22/3342264/mcconnell-named-college-of-charleston.html
  8. ^ http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/04/3487341/courson-resigns-senate-leadership.html
  9. ^ http://thetandd.com/news/local/democrat-mcgill-is-s-c-s-new-lieutenant-governor/article_44e4122e-f74b-11e3-b1ca-0019bb2963f4.html
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References

Amendment 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 666,963 56.38
No 515,970 43.62
Total votes 1,182,933 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,881,052 41.06
Source: - Official Results


Amendment Two amended the state's constitution to make the Adjutant General appointed by the Governor, rather than popularly elected. It passed.

Amendment 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 989,991 82.72
No 206,862 17.28
Total votes 1,196,853 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,881,052 41.54
Source: - Official Results

Amendment One amended the state's constitution to allow non-profit organizations to hold raffles for fundraising purposes. It passed.

In the general election, voters voted on two amendments.

Constitutional Amendments

Republican Question 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 245,441 79.86
No 61,908 20.14
Total votes 307,349 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,836,470 10.84
Source: - Official Results

Republican Question 2 asked whether the state income tax should be reduced by 1.4% a year until it no longer exists.

Republican Question 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 240,453 78.65
No 65,273 21.35
Total votes 305,726 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,836,470 10.78
Source: - Official Results

Republican Question 1 asked whether the "privileges and immunities" of South Carolina citizens under the state constitution should be extended to unborn fetuses.

Democratic Question 3
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 94,961 75.29
No 31,172 24.71
Total votes 126,133 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,836,470 4.45
Source: - Official Results

Democratic Advisory Question Three asked whether medical marijuana should be legalized for the treatment of "severe, chronic illnesses."

Democratic Question 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 99,667 80.50
No 24,143 19.50
Total votes 123,810 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,836,470 4.36
Source: - Official Results

Democratic Advisory Question Two asked whether gaming laws should be "modified" to fund transportation needs in the state, rather than tax increases.

Democratic Question 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 89,365 72.36
No 34,131 27.64
Total votes 123,496 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,836,470 4.35
Source: - Official Results

Democratic Advisory Question One asked primary voters whether each state, rather than Congress, should determine whether to allow and how to regulate online gaming.

Primary Advisory Questions

Several advisory questions were placed on the primary election ballots to advise the major state parties on the positions of their membership on major policy questions. In the general election, voters also voted on two constitutional amendments. All passed with heavy majorities.

Advisory Questions and Referendums

All of South Carolina's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election in 2014.

United States House of Representatives

Independents Brandon Armstrong, a painting contractor,[40] and Jill Bossi, former Vice President of the American Red Cross,[41] are also running.

Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson[37] defeated former York County Councilman Sidney Moore[38] and attorney and candidate for South Carolina's 7th congressional district in 2012 Harry Pavilack[39] for the Democratic nomination.

Scott defeated Randall Young in the Republican primary.[10]

Incumbent Republican Senator Tim Scott, who was appointed to the office in January 2013 after Jim DeMint resigned, is running for election to the remaining part of the term. The seat will be up for election to a six-year term in 2016.

Special election

Former Republican State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is running as an Independent.[35] Libertarian Victor Kocher[10][36] is also running.

State Senator Brad Hutto defeated entrepreneur Jay Stamper in the Democratic primary.[34]

Incumbent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is running for re-election to a third term in office.[28] He faced six challengers in the Republican primary: pastor and businessman Det Bowers,[29] State Senator Lee Bright,[30] businessman and candidate for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district in 2010 Richard Cash,[31] attorney, Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 Bill Connor,[32] attorney Benjamin Dunn[33] and businesswoman and author Nancy Mace.[30] Graham won the primary with 56% of the vote, negating the need for a runoff.

Regularly-scheduled election

United States Senate

South Carolina Adjutant General election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Livingston 858,106 98.97% -0.28%
Write-ins 8,896 1.03% +0.28%
Majority 849,210 97.94% -0.56%
Turnout 867,002 30.10% -4.27%
Republican hold Swing

No Democrat filed to run for the office. Livigston won re-election. Because South Carolina voters approved Amendment 2 in the 2014 general election, this will be the last time that the adjutant general is popularly elected. Because South Carolina is the only state in the union to elect its adjutant general, this is the final time that a state adjutant general will stand for election in the United States, barring future state constitutional changes.

South Carolina Adjutant General Republican primary, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert E. Livingston, Jr. 209,484 75.75
Republican James Breazeale 67,077 24.25
Total votes 276,561 100

James Breazeale ran against Livingston, Jr. in the Republican primary.

Incumbent Republican Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston, Jr. ran for re-election to a second term in office.

Adjutant General

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Hugh Weathers 759,640 79.66% +19.55%
United Citizens Dave Edmond 106,223 11.14% +11.14%
American Party Emile DeFelice 84,831 8.90% +8.90%
Write-ins 2,922 0.31% +0.27%
Majority 653,417 68.52% +48.46%
Turnout 953,616 33.10% -16.82%
Republican hold Swing

Emile DeFelice of the American Party and David Edmond of the United Citizens Party also ran. No Democrat filed to run for the office. Weathers won re-election.

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Republican Primary results, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Hugh Weathers 184,621 65.06
Republican Joe Farmer 99,155 34.94
Total votes 283,776 100

Joe Farmer ran against Weathers in the Republican primary.

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

Commissioner of Agriculture

South Carolina Superintendent of Education election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Molly Spearman 699,081 56.97% +5.71%
Democratic Tom Thompson 476,358 38.82% -4.29%
American Party Ed Murray 46,695 3.81% +3.81%
Write-ins 5,055 0.41% +0.37%
Majority 222,723 18.15% +10.00%
Turnout 1,227,189 42.60% -7.71%
Republican hold Swing

Ed Murray ran as the American Party nominee. Spearman won the general election.

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Democratic Primary Runoff results, 2014[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Thompson 23,541 59.13
Democratic Sheila C. Gallagher 16,269 40.87
Total votes 39,810 100

As no candidate won a majority, a runoff was held between the top two finishers, Sheila C. Gallagher and Tom Thompson.

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Democratic Primary results, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila C. Gallagher 42,186 36.44
Democratic Tom Thompson 30,488 26.34
Democratic Jerry Govan 21,824 18.85
Democratic Montrio M. Belton, Sr. 21,260 18.37
Total votes 115,758 100

South Carolina Department of Education official Montrio M. Belton, Sr., Sheila C. Gallagher, State Representative Jerry Govan and Tom Thompson ran for the Democratic nomination.

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Republican Primary Runoff results, 2014[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Molly Mitchell Spearman 76,672 57.16
Republican Sally Atwater 57,456 42.84
Total votes 134,164 100

As no candidate won a majority, a runoff was held between the top two finishers, Molly Mitchell Spearman and Sally Atwater. Awtwater was considered to be the frontrunner,[19] until she called conservative talk show host Russ Cassell on News Radio WORD to talk about her candidacy. In the "awkward", "evasive" and "awful, incomprehensible, it-should-force-her-to-drop-out-of-the-race" interview, she seemed unable to give answers to basic questions about sex education and the teaching of evolution, to Cassell's amazement. After Awtater hung up, Cassell concluded: "Folks, I don't want to be brutal, I don't want to be mean. What you have just heard is an example of a person running for public office on name recognition only, who is clueless." Atwater subsequently apologised for her performance and the interview, which was uploaded to YouTube, went viral.[20][21][22][23][24] Atwater subsequently declined to debate Spearman before the runoff, with a spokesman for Spearman saying that "given [Atwater's] debate performance in the primary and her recent radio interview on WORD-FM, we can understand why she has made this political calculation.[25] Atwater was also the subject of a lawsuit alleging that as a teacher she "routinely harassed, physically assaulted, and psychologically tormented" a disabled student.[26] Atwater's campaign dismissed the lawsuit as "baseless and frivolous".[27]

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Republican Primary results, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Molly Mitchell Spearman 64,992 22.45
Republican Sally Atwater 63,584 21.96
Republican Sheri Few 56,044 19.36
Republican Gary Burgess 31,091 10.74
Republican Amy Cofield 20,720 7.16
Republican Meka Bosket Childs 20,720 6.71
Republican Elizabeth Moffly 17,421 6.02
Republican Don Jordan 16,246 5.61
Total votes 289,534 100

Lee Atwater's widow Sally Atwater, Anderson County School Board member Gary Burgess, South Carolina Department of Education official Meka Bosket Childs, Amy Cofield, candidate for the State House in 2010 Sheri Few, Don Jordan, Charleston County School Board member and candidate for South Carolina's 1st congressional district in 2013 Elizabeth Moffly and former State Representative Molly Mitchell Spearman ran for the Republican nomination.

Incumbent Republican Superintendent of Education Mick Zais did not run for re-election to a second term in office.[18]

Superintendent of Education

South Carolina Comptroller General election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Richard Eckstrom 728,549 59.80% +3.30%
Democratic Kyle Herbert 489,066 40.14% -3.31%
Write-ins 693 0.06% +0.01%
Majority 239,483 19.66% +6.61%
Turnout 1,218,308 42.49% -7.78%
Republican hold Swing

Kyle Herbert is running for the Democrats. Eckstrom won re-election.

He was being challenged in the Republican primary by Robert D. Shelley, but Shelley withdrew.

Incumbent Republican Richard Eckstrom is running for re-election to a fourth term in office.

Comptroller General

South Carolina Treasurer election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Curtis Loftis 857,526 98.75% -0.19%
Write-ins 10,819 1.25% +0.19%
Majority 846,707 97.50% -0.38%
Turnout 868,345 30.14% -4.61%
Republican hold Swing

No Democrat filed to run for the office. Loftis won re-election.

South Carolina Treasurer Republican Primary results, 2014[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. 177,854 62.02
Republican Brian Adams 108,934 37.98
Total votes 286,788 100

Brian Adams ran against Loftis, Jr. in the Republican primary.

Incumbent Republican Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. is running for re-election to a second term in office.[17]

Treasurer

South Carolina Secretary of State election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark Hammond 730,739 59.51% -1.40%
Democratic Ginny Deerin 496,344 40.42% +1.38%
Write-ins 788 0.06% -0.01%
Majority 234,395 19.09% -2.78%
Turnout 1,227,871 42.62% -7.48%
Republican hold Swing

However, Hammond still won re-election. [16]

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