United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014
|Elections in South Carolina|
The 2014 United States Senate special election in South Carolina will take place on November 4, 2014, concurrently with the 6-year South Carolina Senate seat election, 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.
The seat was formerly held by Republican Jim DeMint, who resigned on January 1, 2013. Nikki Haley, the Governor of South Carolina, announced the appointment of U.S. Representative Tim Scott to fill the seat, who is running in the special election. Scott will face Democratic councilwoman Joyce Dickerson in the November general election.
- 1 Background
- 2 Potential replacements
- 3 Republican primary
- 4 Democratic primary
- 5 Independent and Third Parties
- 6 General election
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Incumbent Jim DeMint announced on December 6, 2012 that he would resign the Senate seat effective January 1, 2013, to become the president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Nikki Haley, the Governor of South Carolina, appointed a replacement to fill the seat until the special election. Haley indicated that she would not appoint a "placeholder" to the seat, but would appoint someone who would stand in a 2014 special election to serve the remaining two years of DeMint's term.
According to sources close to Governor Haley, as of December 11, 2012, she had narrowed the list of potential appointees down to five: U.S. Representatives Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy, former South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, former First Lady of South Carolina Jenny Sanford, and Catherine Templeton, who heads the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Other politicians mentioned as possible replacements for DeMint included U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina Representative Nathan Ballentine, former U.S. Representative Gresham Barrett, U.S. Representative Joe Wilson, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, former Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, former South Carolina Republican Party chairman Katon Dawson, and Haley's deputy chief of staff Tedd Pitts. Comedian Stephen Colbert, a South Carolina native, expressed interest in being appointed the seat, asking his fans to tweet Haley that she should appoint him. Chad Walldorf, the owner of the Sticky Fingers restaurant chain, had also been mentioned as a potential placeholder.
A Public Policy Polling poll released on December 10, 2012, which asked respondents who they wanted to replace DeMint, showed Colbert with the highest total. Colbert had support at 20 percent, followed by Scott at 15 percent, Gowdy at 14 percent, and Sanford at 11 percent. Haley said that she would not appoint Colbert to the seat.
On December 17 2012, Haley announced that she would appoint Scott to DeMint's seat following his resignation.
|Republican primary results|
- Joyce Dickerson, Richland County Councilwoman and former Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators
- Sidney Moore, former York County Councilman
- Harry Pavilack, attorney and candidate for South Carolina's 7th congressional district in 2012
- Rick Wade, former United States Department of Commerce official and nominee for Secretary of State of South Carolina in 2002
- Jim Hodges, former Governor of South Carolina
- John L. Scott, Jr., State Senator
- James E. Smith, Jr., State Representative (running for re-election)
- Leon Stavrinakis, State Representative (running for re-election)
|Clemson University||May 26–June 2, 2014||400||± 6%||11%||7%||3%||79%|
|Democratic primary results|
Independent and Third Parties
- Brandon Armstrong (Independent), painting contractor
- Jill Bossi (American Party), Vice President of the American Red Cross
|CBS News/New York Times||July 5–24, 2014||1,180||± 5.4%||52%||39%||2%||9%|
|Rasmussen Reports||July 9–10, 2014||750||± 4%||53%||31%||6%||11%|
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- "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor". Politico. December 6, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
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- Wilson, Reid (December 6, 2012). "Who Will Replace Jim DeMint?". National Journal. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Stephen Colbert to Nikki Haley: Pick Me". December 7, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Business Briefs: Walldorf eyed as DeMint successor". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Associated Press. December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- Robillard, Kevin (December 10, 2012). "PP: South Carolina voters want Stephen Colbert". Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Nikki Haley: I won’t appoint Stephen Colbert to Senate". Associated Press. December 8, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
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- Governor Sarah Palin’s First Endorsement of 2014: Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina | A Time For Choosing
- "Official results 2014 Statewide Primary Election June 10, 2014". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- Renee Standera (October 3, 2013). "County council member to run for U.S. Senate seat". wistv. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
- George Mast (March 17, 2014). "Senator Allen Installed as Chair of National Foundation for Women Legislators". senatenj.com. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
- Zou, Jie Jenny (March 27, 2014). "Former York County Council member to run for Scott’s U.S. Senate seat". The Herald. Retrieved March 27, 2014.
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- Shain, Andrew (December 13, 2013). "Former Obama aide sets sights on Scott’s US Senate seat". The State. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- Self, Jamie (March 6, 2014). "Democrat Wade exits US Senate race citing fundraising woes". The State. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
- Shain, Andrew (December 9, 2012). "THE BUZZ: A reunion, of sorts, for the Sanfords?". The State. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Beam, Adam (August 25, 2013). "The Buzz: Rand Paul on Lindsey Graham, second Democrat may challenge Tim Scott". The State. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- Sel, Jamie (November 27, 2013). "ELECTION 2014: Independent collecting signatures to run against Tim Scott". The State. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
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- Official campaign websites
- Tim Scott for U.S. Senate
- Brandon Armstrong for U.S. Senate
- Jill Bossi for U.S. Senate
- Joyce Dickerson for U.S. Senate
- Sidney Moore for U.S. Senate
- Harry Pavilack for U.S. Senate