South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010

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South Carolina Gubernatorial, 2010
South Carolina
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November 2, 2010
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  NikkiHaley.jpg Vincent Sheheen.jpg
Nominee Nikki Haley Vincent Sheheen
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 690,525[1] 630,535
Percentage 51.4% 47.0%

South Carolina 2010 Gubernatorial Election.svg

County Results

Governor before election

Mark Sanford
Republican

Elected Governor

Nikki Haley
Republican

The 2010 South Carolina gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Republican Governor Mark Sanford was term limited and unable to seek re-election. Primary elections took place on June 8, 2010 and a runoff election, as was necessary on the Republican side, was held two weeks later on June 22. This was the first gubernatorial election in South Carolina since 1994 that there wasn't an incumbent on the ballot.

The Republican candidate Nikki Haley defeated the Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen, in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jim
Rex
Vincent
Sheheen
Robert
Ford
Dwight
Drake*
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling (report) May 22–23, 2010 410 ± 4.8% 30% 36% 11% -- -- 23%
Rasmussen Reports (report) May 17, 2010 404 ± 5.0% 22% 30% 4% -- 12% 32%
Rasmussen Reports (report) March 3, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 16% 16% 12% 5% 15% 37%
  • as of March 5, 2010 Dwight Drake withdrew from the race for Governor.[5]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Vincent Sheheen 111,637 59.0%
Democratic Jim Rex 43,590 23.0%
Democratic Robert Ford 34,121 18.0%
Totals 189,348 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Nikki Haley[edit]

Gresham Barrett[edit]

Henry McMaster[edit]

Andre Bauer[edit]

  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former presidential candidate for 2008 Republican nomination[17]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Henry
McMaster
Gresham
Barrett
André
Bauer
Nikki
Haley
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling (report) June 5–6, 2010 998 ± 3.1% 16% 23% 12% 43% -- 7%
Public Policy Polling (report) May 22–23, 2010 638 ± 3.9% 18% 16% 13% 39% -- 14%
Rasmussen Reports (report) May 17, 2010 931 ± 4.5% 19% 17% 12% 30% 3% 13%
Rasmussen Reports (report) March 3, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 21% 14% 17% 12% 9% 29%
InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research ([3]) December 16, 2009 371 ± 5.1% 22% 9% 22% 13% 6% 28%

Runoff[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Nikki
Haley
Gresham
Barrett
Undecided
Public Policy Polling (report) June 5–6, 2010 998 ± 3.1% 51% 35% 14%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nikki Haley 206,326 48.9%
Republican Gresham Barrett 91,824 21.8%
Republican Henry McMaster 71,494 16.9%
Republican André Bauer 52,607 12.4%
Totals 422,251 100%
Republican primary runoff results on June 22[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nikki Haley 233,733 65.1%
Republican Gresham Barrett 125,601 34.9%
Totals 359,334 100%

Green Party and United Citizens Party candidate[edit]

  • Morgan Reeves, Businessman, Roadway Land And Development Clearing: REEVES GROUP Minister (Christianity) A.M.E. Minister and retired National Football League player from Irmo [18]
    • DR Reeves was nominated March 30 by the United Citizens Party and South Carolina Green Party April 7 (see SC Election Commission website). Morgan Bruce Reeves will appear on the November 2nd general election ballot for both parties. An Independent, DR Reeves has collected enough voter petition signatures to qualify by the July 15th deadline onto a 3rd ballot line.[19]

Working Families Party candidate (ineligible)[edit]

  • Jim Rex, State Superintendent of Education from Fairfield County[20]
    • Rex was nominated by the Working Families Party prior to losing the Democratic primary. Rex will not appear on the Working Families ballot line in November due to South Carolina's "sore loser" law that requires candidates not to seek nominations from multiple parties from appearing on the ballot after they lose any one party's nomination (see candidate party pledge forms). Several election law issues are before US appellate court in Richmond, VA regarding conformity to the 1965 Voting Rights Act and US Constitutional provisions, see ACLU/Platt v SC [21]

General election[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Senator Vincent Sheheen -- South Carolina Chamber of Commerce[22]

Representative Nikki Haley-- National Rifle Association

Representative Nikki Haley-- South Citizens for Life

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
Cook Political Report Lean R[23] October 29, 2010
Rothenberg Safe R[24] October 28, 2010
Rasmussen Reports Lean R[25] October 28, 2010
Swing State Project Likely R[citation needed]
RealClearPolitics Leans R[26] October 29, 2010
Sabato's Crystal Ball Likely R[27] October 28, 2010
CQ Politics Leans R[28] October 29, 2010

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Nikki Haley (R) Vincent Sheheen (D)
Crantford & Associates October 21, 2010 48% 37%
Crantford & Associates October 18, 2010 43% 41%
Winthrop University October 13, 2010 47% 39%
Hamilton Campaigns October 5, 2010 49% 44%
Hamilton Campaigns October 5, 2010 49% 44%
Hamilton Campaigns October 4, 2010 51% 41%
Crantford & Associates October 2, 2010 45% 41%
Rasmussen Reports September 22, 2010 50% 33%
Rasmussen Reports August 25, 2010 52% 36%
Rasmussen Reports July 29, 2010 49% 35%
Rasmussen Reports June 23, 2010 52% 40%
Rasmussen Reports June 10, 2010 55% 34%
Public Policy Polling May 22–23, 2010 44% 34%

Results[edit]

South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Nikki Haley 690,525 51.37% -3.75%
Democratic Vincent Sheheen 630,534 46.91% +2.12%
United Citizens Morgan B. Reeves 20,114 1.50%
Write-ins 3,025 0.23%
Majority 59,991 4.46% -5.87%
Turnout 1,344,198 50.92% +6.42%
Republican hold Swing

Debates[edit]

  • "First in the State" Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate

Sponsored by the Republican Parties of Newberry and Laurens Counties
Aired on WIS-TV on September 22, 2009
Watch here

  • "Spotlight on the Candidates" Joint Gubernatorial Primary Debate

Sponsored by the SC Natural Resources Society
Aired on SCETV on November 3, 2009
(This debate marked the first time in state history that gubernatorial primary candidates from both parties participated in the same debate.)[29]
Watch here

  • SCGOP Gubernatorial Debate

Sponsored by the South Carolina Republican Party
Moderated by MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
Aired on WCSC-TV on January 28, 2010
Watch here

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/19077/40477/en/summary.html
  2. ^ Ford to focus on return of video poker Post and Courier, Jan. 14, 2009
  3. ^ Jim Rex announces campaign for governor WCBD, September 15, 2009
  4. ^ Sheheen Announces Run for Governor WLTX, Oct. 28, 2009
  5. ^ Dwight Drake Drops out of SC race Drake for South Carolina, March 5th, 2010
  6. ^ a b c "South Carolina Primary Results". Politico. June 8, 2010. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ Barrett running for S.C. governor The State, Mar. 4, 2009
  8. ^ Lt Gov Bauer makes run for governor official WPDE, Oct. 29, 2009
  9. ^ Haley announces run for governor The State, May 14, 2009
  10. ^ Henry McMaster seeking S.C. Governor post WCBD, August 3, 2009
  11. ^ "Governor Mitt Romney Endorses Nikki Haley for South Carolina Governor". Nikkihaley.com. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ O'Connor, John (2009-11-12). "Jenny Sanford endorses Nikki Haley - Yahoo elections". TheState.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  14. ^ 12:14 PM (2010-06-01). "Vice President Cheney Endorses Gresham Barrett". GreshamBarrett.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  15. ^ a b ANDY BARR. "Rudy latest '08 vet to endorse in S.C. - Jessica Taylor". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  16. ^ "Henry McMaster Endorsed by David Beasley wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |". Wltx.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  17. ^ [2][dead link]
  18. ^ Irmo man clears hurdle to run for governor WACH, March 1, 2010
  19. ^ Green, Libertarian, Working Families, Labor, Constitution, United Citizens, Independence- List of candidates who have filed with these parties. Candidates are nominated by convention and do not appear on Primary ballots.
  20. ^ "Rex counting on fusion voters in governor's race". GoUpstate.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  21. ^ "ACLU to Argue in Appeals Court That South Carolina's Ballot Access Law Is Unconstitutional". CommonDreams.org. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  22. ^ "WFAE 90.7 FM". Wfae.org. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  23. ^ "2010 Governors Race Ratings". Cook Political Report. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Governor Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Election 2010: Gubernatorial Scorecard". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  26. ^ "2010 Governor Races". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  27. ^ "2010 Governor Ratings". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Race Ratings Chart: Governor". CQ Politics. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  29. ^ Ten Gubernatorial Candidates to Share Stage for Historic Debate on ETV SCETV Website, Oct. 23, 2009

External links[edit]

Debates
Official campaign websites