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SOUTH CAROLINA

south-carolinaPopulation: 4,896,146 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 30, 2016.

Primary: June 14, Run-Off June 28, 2016.

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South Carolina (R+8) is a conservative state and the first in the South to conduct a Presidential primary every four years. It is 67% White and 26% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 9. South Caro­lina is a solid state for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Lindsey Graham. (Pic: Congress)

Lindsey Graham. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Lindsey Graham (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Budget, Armed Forces, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Lindsey Graham

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer, veteran and State Representative Lindsey Graham (b.1955) served four terms in the House before he was elected to the Senate in 2002. He won 57% in 2014.

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Tim Scott. (Pic: Congress)

Tim Scott. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Tim Scott
Committees: Banking, Finance, Health & Education, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeThomas Dixon
Republican nominee: Tim Scott

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Financial advisor and State Representative Tim Scott (b.1965) served one term in the House before he was appointed to the Senate in January 2013. Han took 61% in a special election in 2014. He is up for a full six-year term in 2016. The Democratic nominee is pastor and activist Thomas Dixon.

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Representative: 7 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 6 Republicans.

Mark Sanford. (Pic: Congress)

Mark Sanford. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Mark Sanford (R)
Committees: Budget, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeDimitri Cherny
Republican nomineeMark Sanford

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 19, 2016:
The district (R+11) covers most of the southern coastal areas and parts of Charleston, with suburbs. It is 73% White and 18% Black. Businessman Mark Sanford first served three terms in the House, before being elected Governor in 2002. While in his second term, he had a very, very public divorce. He made a political comeback by winning a special election in 2013 and had no opponents in 2014. The Dems are running business consultant Dimitri Cherny.

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Joe Wilson. (Pic: Congress)

Joe Wilson. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Joe Wilson (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Education, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Joe Wilson

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 19, 2016:
The district (R+13) covers central and southwestern parts, almost surrounding Columbia. It is 71% White and 22% Black. Lawyer and State Senator Joe Wilson (b.1947) won a special election in 2001 and took 62% in 2014. The Democratic primary features former School Board member and ex-Republican Phil Black and librarian Arik Bjorn. This one is still too close to call.

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Jeff Duncan. (Pic: Congress)

Jeff Duncan. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Jeff Duncan (R) C
ommittees
: Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources, Homeland Security.

Democratic nominee: Hosea Cleveland
Republican nominee: Jeff Duncan

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The district (R+18) covers the western parts of the state, including Greenville suburbs. It is 77% White and 18% Black. Businessman and State Representative Jeff Duncan (b.1966) was first elected in 2010 and took 71% in 2014. The Dem nominee is insurance agency owner Hosea Cleveland.

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Trey Gowdy. (Pic: Congress)

Trey Gowdy. (Pic: Congress)

District 4 Representative: Trey Gowdy (R)
Committees: Ethics, Judiciary, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeChris Fedalei
Republican nominee: Trey Gowdy

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The district (R+15) covers the northern parts of the state, including Greenville and Spartanburg. It is 73% White and 18% Black. Lawyer Trey Gowdy (b.1964) was first elected in 2010 and took 85% in 2014. The Dems are running lawyer Chris Fedalei.

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Mick Mulvaney. (Pic: Congress)

Mick Mulvaney. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Mick Mulvaney (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeFran Person
Republican nominee: Mick Mul­vaney

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 19, 2016:
The district (R+9) covers northern central parts of the state. It is 68% White and 26% Black. Lawyer and State senator Mick Mulvaney (b.1967) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010 and won 59% in 2014. The Dems are running Fran Person, who was previously an aide to Vice President Joe Biden.

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James Clyburn. (Pic: Congress)

James Clyburn. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: James Clyburn (D)
Committees: None.

Democratic nominee: James Clyburn
Republican nomineeLaura Sterling

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The district (D+21) covers parts of the coastline by the Georgia border and then veers west of District 1 and includes mainly Black parts of Charleston. It also makes a northwestern detour to take in most of Columbia. It is 39% White and 54% Black. Teacher James Clyburn (b.1940) was first elected in 1992 and took 73% in 2014. The GOP nominee is businesswoman Laura Sterling.

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Tom Rice. (Pic: Congress)

Tom Rice. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Tom Rice (R)
Committees: Budget, Small Business, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeMal Hyman
Republican nominee: Tom Rice

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The district (R+7) covers the eastern parts of the state, including the northern coastline. It is 67% White and 28% Black. Lawyer, accountant and County Commissioner Tom Rice (b.1957) was first elected in 2012 and was re-elected with 60% in 2014. The Dem nominee is professor Mal Hyman.

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STATE LEVEL

Nikki Haley. (Pic: State of SC)

Nikki Haley. (Pic: State of SC)

Governor: Nikki Haley (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Accountant and businesswoman Nikki Haley (b.1972) served 6 years in the State House before being elected Governor in 2010. She won 56% in 2014 and is term limited in 2018.

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Henry McMaster. (Pic: State of SC)

Henry McMaster. (Pic: State of SC)

Lieutenant Governor: Henry McMaster (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeHenry McMaster

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The LG will be nominated and elected together with the Governor from 2018. Lawyer Henry McMaster (b.1947) was State Attorney General from 2003 until 2011 and was elected LG with 59% in 2014.

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Mark Hammond. (Pic: State of SC)

Mark Hammond. (Pic: State of SC)

Secretary of State: Mark Ham­mond (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mark Hammond

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Mark Ham­mond
(b.1963) was first elected in 2002 and took 60% in 2014.

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Curtis Loftis. (Pic: State of SC)

Curtis Loftis. (Pic: State of SC)

Treasurer: Curtis Loftis (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Curtis Loftis

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Businessman Curtis Loftis (b.1959) was first elected in 2010 and had no opponents in 2014.

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Richard Eckstrom. (Pic: State of SC)

Richard Eckstrom. (Pic: State of SC)

Comptroller: Richard Eckstrom (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Richard Eckstrom

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Accountant Richard Eckstrom (b.1948) was first elected in 2002 and took 60% in 2104.

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Alan Wilson. (Pic: State of SC)

Alan Wilson. (Pic: State of SC)

Attorney General­: Alan Wilson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Alan Wilson

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer and veteran Alan Wilson (b.1973) was first elected in 2010 and took 60% in 2014. He is the stepson of Congressman Joe Wilson.

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Molly Spearman. (Pic: State of SC)

Molly Spearman. (Pic: State of SC)

Superintendent of Education: Molly Spearman (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeMolly Spearman

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Teacher and State Representative Molly Spearman (b.1954) was elected with 57% in 2014.

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Hugh Weathers. (Pic: State of SC)

Hugh Weathers. (Pic: State of SC)

Agriculture Commissioner: Hugh Weathers (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Hugh Weathers

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Accountant and farmer Hugh Weathers (b.1956) was appointed to the office in 2004 and took 80% in 2014.

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State Senate: 46 (17D / 28R / 1V). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2016.
State House 124 (46D / 78R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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