United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and elected the seven U.S. Representatives from the state of South Carolina, an increase of one seat as a result of reapportionment thanks to the continued strong growth found in South Carolina as reported in the 2010 United States Census. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election. The people of South Carolina elected six Republicans and one Democrat to represent the state in the 113th United States Congress.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2012[1][2]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 1,026,129 56.92% 6 +1
Democratic 742,805 41.20% 1
Green 16,310 0.90% 0
Libertarian 6,334 0.35% 0
Others 11,156 0.62% 0
Totals 1,802,734 100.00% 7 +1

Redistricting[edit]

On July 26, 2011, the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate passed a compromise redistricting bill which would place the new 7th district in the Pee Dee region.[3] The bill was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on August 1.[4]

Under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, South Carolina's congressional redistricting had to be pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice or the United States District Court for the District of Columbia before it could be enacted.[5] The Department of Justice precleared the map in October 2011;[6] a subsequent lawsuit brought by six voters for discrimination under the new lines was dismissed by the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in March 2012.[7]

District 1[edit]

In redistricting, the 1st district was moved south along the coast to include Hilton Head and parts of Charleston County, and is expected to remain favorable to Republicans.[5] Republican Tim Scott, who has represented the 1st district since January 2011, will seek re-election.[8]

Bobbie Rose, a former teacher and realtor, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott.[9]

South Carolina 1st congressional district election, 2012[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Scott (Incumbent) 179,908 62.03%
Democratic Bobbie G. Rose 103,557 35.71%
Libertarian Keith Blandford 6,334 2.18%
Write-In Candidates 214 0.07%
Totals 290,013 100.0%
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District 2[edit]

In redistricting, Hilton Head and its surrounding areas, and counties on the state's southern border were removed from the 2nd district, which now includes all of Aiken County.[5] Republican Joe Wilson, who has represented the 2nd district since 2001, will seek re-election.[8]

Phil Black, a businessman who unsuccessfully challenged Wilson in the Republican primary in 2008 and 2010, will run again. No candidate filed to run on the Democratic side.[8]

South Carolina 2nd congressional district election, 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Wilson (Incumbent) 196,116 96.27%
Write-In Candidates 7,602 3.73%
Totals 203,718 100.0%
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District 3[edit]

Redistricting added parts of Newberry and Greenville counties to the 3rd district; parts of Aiken County were removed. The district was expected to continue to favor Republicans.[5] Republican Jeff Duncan, who has represented the 3rd district since January 2011, sought re-election.[13]

Cason Gaither, a graduate of the Moore School of Business and the College of Charleston, who worked as a Field Organizer for Vincent Sheheen's gubernatorial campaign in 2010, and Brian Doyle, a convicted felon who has a syndicated radio talk show host, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Duncan.[14]

South Carolina 3rd congressional district election, 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (Incumbent) 169,512 66.54%
Democratic Bryan Ryan B. Doyle 84,735 33.26%
Write-In Candidates 516 0.20%
Totals 254,763 100.0%
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District 4[edit]

The redrawn 4th district maintains a balance between Greenville and Spartanburg counties, and is expected to continue to favor Republicans.[5] Republican Trey Gowdy, who has represented the 4th district since January 2011, will seek re-election.[15]

Deb Morrow, who is retired,[16] and Jimmy Tobias, a businessman,[17] received the Democratic and Working Families party nomination to challenge Gowdy. Greenville artist Jeff Sumerel is the nominnee of the South Carolina Green Party.[18]

South Carolina 4th congressional district election, 2012[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Trey Gowdy (Incumbent) 173,201 64.90%
Democratic Deb Morrow 89,964 33.71%
Green Jeff Sumerel 3,390 1.27%
Write-In Candidates 329 0.12%
Totals 266,884 100.0%
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District 5[edit]

The 5th district, which extends from the North Carolina border to the outskirts of Sumter, was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting.[5] Republican Mick Mulvaney, who has represented the 5th district since January 2011, will seek re-election. Joyce Knott, a businesswoman, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Mulvaney.[19]

South Carolina 5th congressional district election, 2012[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mick Mulvaney (Incumbent) 154,324 55.51%
Democratic Joyce Knott 123,443 44.40%
Write-In Candidates 236 0.08%
Totals 278,003 100.0%
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District 6[edit]

The 6th district is expected to continue to strongly favor Democrats.[5] Democrat Jim Clyburn, the Assistant Democratic Leader of the U.S. House who has represented the 6th district since 1993, will face Green Party nominee Nammu Muhammad.[20]

South Carolina 6th congressional district election, 2012[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Clyburn (Incumbent) 218,717 93.62%
Green Nammu Y. Muhammad 12,920 5.53%
Write-In Candidates 1,978 0.85%
Totals 233,615 100.0%
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District 7[edit]

The new 7th district will represent most of the Pee Dee region, including Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro counties, along with a part of Florence County, and is expected to favor Republicans.[21]

Former lieutenant governor André Bauer;[22] Renée Culler, a realtor;[23] Katherine Jenerette, an Army veteran who ran in the Republican primary in the 1st district in 2010;[8] Jay Jordan, an attorney;[8] Jim Mader, a businessman;[8][24] Chad Prosser, the former director of South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism;[25] Tom Rice, the chairman of the Horry County Council;[26] Randal Wallace, a member of the Myrtle Beach City Council;[27] and Dick Withington, a businessman who ran in the Democratic primary for the 1st district in 2010,[8][21] will seek the Republican nomination for the seat. State Representative Alan Clemmons, who had been considering a bid, will not run.[28] State Representative Thad Viers had announced a run,[29] but dropped his bid in January 2012 following his arrest for harassment.[30] Debbie Harwell, the owner of a public relations firm, had planned to run,[31] but dropped her bid for the seat in January 2012.[32] Mande Wilkes, an attorney and local television host, had also planned to run but dropped her bid for the seat in March 2012.[33]

Preston Brittain, an attorney;[24] Parnell Diggs, an attorney and president of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina;[34] Harry Pavilack, an attorney;[8] Gloria Tinubu, a professor at Coastal Carolina University and former member of the Georgia General Assembly;[8][24] and Ted Vick, the South Carolina House of Representatives' minority whip,[21] will seek the Democratic nomination. Stephen Wukela, the mayor of Florence, will not run.[21]

South Carolina 7th congressional district election, 2012[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice 153,068 55.51%
Democratic Gloria Brommell Tinubu 122,389 44.39%
Write-In Candidates 281 0.10%
Totals 275,738 100.0%
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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.enr-scvotes.org/SC/42513/114557/en/summary.html#
  2. ^ The Democratic Party votes includes 28,614 votes cast for the Working Families Party. Democratic candidates in the 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th Districts also ran under this party banner.
  3. ^ Kittle, Robert (July 26, 2011). "SC Lawmakers Approve Compromise Redistricting Plan". WSPA. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Governor signs bill that creates new congressional district". CarolinaLive.com. WPDE. August 1, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Miller, Joshua (August 2, 2011). "Race Ratings: GOP Strengthens Grip on South Carolina". Roll Call. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Miller, Joshua (October 31, 2011). "DOJ Approves New South Carolina Map". Roll Call. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Kinnard, Meg (March 20, 2012). "6 black voters appeal S.C. redistricting plan". Aiken Standard. Associated Press. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Adcox, Seanna (March 30, 2012). "14 to run in SC's new congressional district". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved April 1, 2012. [dead link]
  9. ^ Bowers, Paul (March 29, 2012). "Democratic challenger sets her sights on Tim Scott's seat". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Election Statistics - US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved February 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d The votes for the Democratic candidate includes votes cast for the candidate who also ran under the Working Families Party ticket
  12. ^ Tim Scott resigned his seat in the 112th and 113th Congresses effective January 2, 2013, in order to be appointed to the United States Senate in place of Senator Jim DeMint, who resigned. As a result, the seat for the 1st congressional district was vacant from the onset of the 113th Congress.
  13. ^ Brown, Kirk (March 12, 2012). "Rep. Jeff Duncan will seek second term in Congress". The Anderson Independent-Mail. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Two Democrats running for Congress speak at Tri-County Tech rally". The Anderson Independent-Mail. March 14, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ Drury, Shawn (March 17, 2012). "Rep. Trey Gowdy Announces Re-election Bid, Publishes Op-Ed on Religious Freedom". Mauldin Patch. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ Doughman, Andrew (March 20, 2012). "Inman Democrat tired of 'do-nothing' attitude, files for Gowdy's seat". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ Doughman, Andrew (March 20, 2012). "Business owner wants to rein in 'radical' GOP, seeks 4th congressional seat". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ "2012 Convention Parties Certified Candidates". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  19. ^ Self, Jamie (March 31, 2012). "Rock Hill Democrat prepares for tough congressional race". The Rock Hill Herald. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  20. ^ "2012 Convention Parties Certified Candidates". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Two more announce candidacy for 7th congressional district seat". SCNOW. Media General. November 4, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Harwell to seek 7th congressional district seat". SCNOW. Media General. November 29, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  23. ^ Fuller, Kelly M. (October 6, 2011). "Culler may run for U.S. House seat". Georgetown (South Carolina) Times. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b c Dickerson, Brad (December 28, 2011). "Two more enter crowded 7th Congressional race". The Sun News. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  25. ^ Fuller, Kelly M. (January 27, 2012). "Prosser announces run for S.C. District 7". Georgetown Times. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Horry County council chair announces candidacy for 7th District". WPDE-TV. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  27. ^ McGinnis, Tim (November 22, 2011). "Myrtle Beach city councilman running for 7th congressional district seat". WPDE-TV. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  28. ^ Naquin, Ryan (October 30, 2011). "Clemmons will not run for Congressional Seat". WPDE-TV. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  29. ^ Ray, Rusty (August 4, 2011). "Viers seeks 7th district congress seat, promises less government". SCNOW. Media General. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Rep. Thad Viers arrested, withdrawing from 7th District race". WMBF-TV. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Bauer announces candidacy for 7th congressional district seat". SCNOW. Media General. October 17, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Harwell withdraws from race for new 7th congressional district". WPDE-TV. January 10, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  33. ^ Spechko, Victoria (March 27, 2012). "Wilkes withdraws, endorses Bauer for 7th Congressional race". WPDE-TV. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  34. ^ Vasselli, Gina (September 27, 2011). "Area lawyer, activist for the blind announces bid for Congress in Myrtle Beach". The Sun News. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 

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