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October 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

South Carolina's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
46 14 (30.4%) 124 33 (26.6%)

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: There are 170 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in South Carolina, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

Both chambers of the legislature have solid Republican majorities, and competitiveness has been further diminished this cycle by the filing deadline controversy.

Of the 170 incumbents up for election in 2012, 147 (86.5%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 47 of 170 (27.6%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:



  • District 41: MaryGail Douglas (D) survived a tight primary battle and subsequent runoff to win her party's nomination; she will face Republican William Gray on November 6.

South Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 18
     Republican Party 27 28
Total 46 46

South Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 46 46
     Republican Party 76 76
Total 124 124


See also

South Carolina