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Conservative Ranking


South Carolina is the 16th most conservative state, voting 14.6% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, South Carolina's partisan trend is STEADY.

GOP Trend Ranking


South Carolina ranks 24th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Lindsay Graham is seeking a second term in 2008.  He currently faces only minor primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Lindsay Graham - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Bob Conley - Pilot  
  • Michael Cone - Attorney

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 1
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Henry Brown, Jr. is running for a 5th term in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Henry Brown, Jr. - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Linda Ketner  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 2:  Joe Wilson (R)-inc vs. Rob Miller (D)
  • District 3:  Gresham Barrett (R)-inc vs. Jane Dyer (D)
  • District 4:  Bob Inglis (R)-inc vs. ??? (D)
  • District 5:  John Spratt, Jr. (D)-inc vs. Albert Spencer (R)
  • District 6:  Jim Clyburn (D)-inc vs. Nancy Harrelson (R)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • January 19, 2008 - Republican presidential primary
  • January 26, 2008 - Democratic presidential primary
  • March 31, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • June 10, 2008 - Primary elections
  • June 24, 2008 - Primary runoff
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 GOP
      Representatives 4 GOP, 2 DEM
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor GOP
      State Senate - GOP control 27 GOP, 19 DEM
      State House - GOP control 73 GOP, 51 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Mark Sanford (R) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Andre Bauer (R) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Senior Senator:  Lindsey Graham (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Jim DeMint (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • House District 1:  Henry Brown (R) - 4th term
  • House District 2:  Joe Wilson (R) - 4th term
  • House District 3:  Gresham Barrett (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 4:  Bob Inglis (R) - 5th term
  • House District 5:  John Spratt, Jr. (D) - 13th term
  • House District 6:  Jim Clyburn (D) - 8th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid GOP -- Solid GOP --

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Strong GOP -- --
    Class 3 -- -- Strong GOP --

    Governor -- Mod GOP -- Strong DEM

    House 4 GOP - 2 DEM 4 GOP - 2 DEM 4 GOP - 2 DEM 4 GOP - 2 DEM
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-2 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-3 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-4 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-5 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-6 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    South Carolina Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate
    Lindsay Graham - inc
    vs
    Bob Conley
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House District 1
    Henry Brown, Jr. - inc
    vs
    Linda Ketner
    Projected Winner
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