South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2014

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South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2014
South Carolina
2010 ←
November 4, 2014 → 2018

  Nikki Haley by Gage Skidmore.jpg Vincent Sheheen.jpg
Nominee Nikki Haley Vincent Sheheen
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 696,645 516,166
Percentage 55.9% 41.4%

South Carolina Governor Election Results by County, 2014.svg

County results

Governor before election

Nikki Haley
Republican

Elected Governor

Nikki Haley
Republican

The 2014 South Carolina gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of South Carolina, concurrently with the regularly-scheduled election and special election to both of South Carolina's U.S. Senate seats, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Republican Governor Nikki Haley ran for re-election to a second term in office. She faced Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen in the general election. Republican-turned-Independent Tom Ervin had been running, but he withdrew from the race and endorsed Sheheen.

Haley defeated Sheheen again in 2014, as she won nearly 56 percent of the vote to his 41 percent.[1]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Tom Ervin, attorney, former State Representative and former circuit court judge (ran as an Independent and later dropped out of the race to endorse Vincent Sheheen)[3][4]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Nikki
Haley
Someone
else
Undecided
Public Policy Polling December 7–9, 2012 506 ± 4.4% 53% 37% 10%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Independent and Third Parties[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Tom Ervin (Independent), attorney, former Republican State Representative and former circuit court judge (endorsed Sheheen)[20]

Declined[edit]

General election[edit]

Haley defeated Sheheen again in 2014, as she won 55 percent of the vote to his 41 percent.[22]

South Carolina Governor election, 2014[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Nikki Haley 696,645 55.90% +4.53%
Democratic Vincent Sheheen 516,166 41.42% -5.49%
Libertarian Steve French 15,438 1.24% +1.24%
Independent Tom Ervin 11,496 0.92% +0.92%
United Citizens Morgan B. Reeves 5,622 0.45% -1.05%
Write-ins 934 0.07% -0.16%
Majority 180,479 14.48% +10.02%
Turnout 1,246,301 43.46% -7.46%
Republican hold Swing

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Nikki
Haley (R)
Vincent
Sheheen (D)
Tom
Ervin (I)
Other Undecided
Daily Journal October 27–30, 2014 139 46.04% 45.32% 2.16% 3.6%[24] 2.88%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 1,566 ± 4% 50% 33% 1% 16%
Susquehanna October 2014 917 ± 3.24% 51% 31% 11% 3%[25] 4%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 2,663 ± 2% 53% 36% 1% 10%
Crantford Research September 29, 2014 688 ± 3% 41% 37% 7% 15%
Winthrop University September 21–28, 2014 1,082 ± 3% 43.6% 33.6% 3.9% 3.8%[26] 15%
Public Policy Polling^ September 4–5, 2014 793 ± 3.5% 50% 45% 5%
American Research Group September 2–4, 2014 600 ± 4% 43% 33% 18% 1%[27] 5%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 833 ± 5% 56% 35% 1% 9%
Rasmussen Reports August 25–26, 2014 750 ± 4% 51% 36% 6% 7%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 1,186 ± 5.4% 55% 38% 2% 5%
Palmetto Politics Poll July 22, 2014 1,000 ± 4% 53% 40% 7%
650 ± 4% 46% 42% 3% 5%[27] 6%
Public Policy Polling^ June 20–22, 2014 698 ± 3.7% 49% 46% 5%
Rasmussen Reports April 14–15, 2014 750 ± 4% 52% 37% 3% 7%
Harper Polling October 27–28, 2013 676 ± 3.77% 48% 39% 13%
Clarity Campaign Labs October 15–16, 2013 760 ± 3.53% 44% 40% 16%
Public Policy Polling December 7–9, 2012 520 ± 4.3% 44% 46% 10%
  • ^ Poll for the South Carolina Democratic Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Kopan, Tal (August 12, 2013). "Aide: Nikki Haley running for reelection". Politico. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nikki Haley Draws a Primary Opponent". FITSNews. March 29, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nikki Haley Challenger to Run as Independent". FITSNews. April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Smith, Gina (February 1, 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Tom Davis will not run for U.S. Senate, governor's office". The Island Packet. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d West, Bill (August 16, 2012). "Will Governor Haley survive 2014 gubernatorial race?". Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ McGinnis, Tim (January 25, 2013). "SC State Treasurer won't run for governor". WPDE. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Moredock, Will (March 28, 2012). "Will Glenn McConnell go after Nikki Haley's job?". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  9. ^ Hutchins, Corey (2013-10-23). "Haley ally Pat McKinney to challenge Glenn McConnell for lieutenant governor | Features". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  10. ^ Drury, Shawn (2013-05-31). "Dems Eyeing Challenge to Mulvaney in 2014, GOP Not Worried - Government". Columbia, SC Patch. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  11. ^ "2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take, Part 6". RedState. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Alan Wilson Sitting Pretty For Reelection". FITSNews. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  13. ^ Shain, Andrew (10 April 2013). "Sheheen announces another run for governor". Herald Online. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Steve Benjamin Plotting Gubernatorial Bid". FITSNews. February 26, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Steve Benjamin To Announce Reelection Bid". FITSNews. May 10, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ Beam, Adam (June 26, 2013). "Former SC House Democratic leader accepts Obama Administration job". The State. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "SC Mayors Endorse Vincent Sheheen for Governor | Vincent Sheheen for Governor, South Carolina". Vincentsheheen.com. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  18. ^ Shain, Andrew (March 15, 2014). "Libertarian joins SC governor's race". The State. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "SC politics: GOP governors take another shot at Democrat Sheheen". The State. March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Ervin drops out of SC governor’s race, backs Sheheen". The State. October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ Andrew Shain (7 December 2013). "Sunday Buzz: Andre Bauer not putting brakes on possible SC governor’s run". The State. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  22. ^ [2]
  23. ^ "South Carolina Election Results". South Carolina Board of Elections. November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  24. ^ Steve French (L) 2.16%, Morgan Bruce Reeves (UCP) 0.72%, Write-in 0.72%
  25. ^ Steve French (L) 2%, Morgan Bruce Reeves (UCP) 1%
  26. ^ Steve French (L) 2.2%, Morgan Bruce Reeves (UCP) 1.3%, Other 0.3%
  27. ^ a b Steve French (L)

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites