SOUTH CAROLINA 9 Electoral Votes 
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South Carolina goes from 8 electoral votes to 9 as a result of reapportionment following the 2010 Census
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, South Carolina State Election Commission)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2012 est.
Total Registration, Nov. 2012
South Carolina has: 46 counties.
Largest counties: Greenville, Richland, Charleston, Spartanburg, Horry, Lexington. >

Governor: Nikki Haley (R) elected 2010.  
State Legislature: South Carolina General Assembly  House: 124 seats   Senate: 46 seats
Local: Cities and Counties   NACO Counties
U.S. House: 5R, 1D - 1. T.Scott (R) | 2. J.Wilson (R) | 3. J.Duncan (R) | 4. T.Gowdy (R) | 5. M.Mulvaney (R) | 6. J.Clyburn (D).
U.S. Senate: Lindsey Graham (R) re-elected in 2008, Jim DeMint (R) re-elected in 2010.
U.S. House: In the new 7th CD (8 counties in NE South Carolina from Chesterfield to Georgetown), Tom Rice (R), Chairman of Horry County Council and an accountant, defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D), a teaching associate, by 55.51% to 44.39%.  The delegation goes from 5R, 1D to 6R, 1D.
State Legislature:
All 124 House seats and 46 Senate seats were up.  A controversial ruling by the South Carolina Supreme Court on May 2 led to the removal of several hundred candidates from the primary ballot.  The House went from 76R, 48D to 73R, 46D, 5 Indep/Other and the Senate from 27R, 19D to 28R, 18D.
Ballot Measure:
Voters approved Amendment 1, requiring the governor and lieutenant governor to run on the same ticket starting in 2018.
Post-election: On Dec. 6, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) surprised just about everyone when he announced he would resign effective Jan. 1 to become president of the Heritage Foundation; Gov. Nikki Haley (R) announced on Dec. 17 that she would appoint Rep. Tim Scott (R) to the position. 

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The Palmetto State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,311,044.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 58.0%.

Official Results >

+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
Goode/Clymer (Const.)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)

Ballots Cast: 1,981,516.
Overview: Romney-Ryan won South Carolina with a plurality of 206,704 votes (10.47 percentage points), carrying 25 counties to 21 for Obama-Biden.  South Carolina borders on battleground North Carolina and is relatively close to Florida.  There were also a few visits. Joe Biden attended a fundraiser in the Charleston area on May 8 (he also made a brief, low-key visit on Oct. 16 to attend a vigil for Peatsy Hollings in Charleston).  Ann Romney did a fundraiser in Spartanburg on June 11, Mitt Romney did a press avail. and a fundraiser in Greenville on Aug. 16, and Paul Ryan did a fundraiser in Greenville on Oct. 26.  Gary Johnson spoke at Winthrop University in Rock Hill on Sept. 5 and Jim Gray did several events in the Charleston area on Oct. 20.
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[State Primary: June 12]
Republican Presidential Primary -- Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012
Democratic Presidential Primary -- Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012
Main South Carolina Primary Page
South Carolina held the First-in-the-South Primary and was a key step on the road to the Republican nomination.

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,279,329.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 58.6%.

Official Results >

McKinney/Clemente (Grn.)
4,461 (0.23)
+McCain/Palin (Rep.) 1,034,896 (53.87)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
7,283 (0.38)
Nader/Gonzalez (Pet.) 5,053 (0.26)
Obama/Biden (Dem.) 862,449 (44.90)
Baldwin/Castle (Const.)
6,827 (0.36)

Total voting: 1,941,480
2008 Overview
McCain-Palin won South Carolina with a plurality of 172,447 votes (8.97 percentage points); the Republican ticket carried 26 counties to 20 for Obama-Biden.
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 3,055,098.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 53.0%.
Official Results

Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.)
Brown/Hebert (Un.Cit.)
Nader/Camejo (Indep.Pty) 5,520 (0.34)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.)
Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)

Total Voting: 1,631,148
2004 Overview
Bush won with a plurality of 276,275 votes (17.08 percentage points).  Bush won 31 counties to 15 for Kerry.
General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 2,944,326.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 47.0%.
Official Results               

Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
Nader/LaDuke (Un.Cit.)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (NLP)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)

2000 Overview
South Carolina, the scene of such great activity during the Republican presidential primary in February, saw a very quite campaign on the presidential level in the fall.  None of the principals visited.  Bush carried the Palmetto State with a comfortable plurality of 220,307 votes (15.94 percentage points).  Bush won 31 counties to 15 for Gore.  Heath Thompson ran Republicans' Victory 2000 effort; Remle Beard was Gore-Lieberman state director.  One issue on the ballot that did generate considerable debate was Amendment 1 to lift a ban on lotteries; it passed. 

1992 and 1996 General Elections
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Bush (Rep.)............577,507
Clinton (Dem.)........497,514
Perot (Petition).......138,872 
Others (3)..................6,634

Dole (Rep.).............573,458
Clinton (Dem.)........506,283
Perot (Ref./Pat.).......64,386 
Others (3)..................7,562