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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: South Carolina Congressional Seats

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November 30, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

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MADISON, Wisconsin: South Carolina had seven U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Due to population increases the state received an additional congressional seat in this year's election. The six prior incumbents all ran for and won re-election on November 6, 2012.

None of the incumbents faced any serious opposition in the general election. The newly created district was won by Tom Rice (R). The closest race was separated by 11 percentage points.

Here are the candidates who won election.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Bobbie Rose
Republican Party Timothy Scott
Libertarian PartyKeith Blandford
Tim Scott Republican Party Timothy Scott No
2nd Republican Party Joe Wilson Joe Wilson Republican Party Joe Wilson No
3rd Democratic Party Brian Doyle
Republican Party Jeff Duncan
Jeff Duncan Republican Party Jeff Duncan No
4th Democratic Party Deb Morrow
Republican Party Trey Gowdy
Green Party Jeff Sumerel
Trey Gowdy Republican Party Trey Gowdy No
5th Democratic Party Joyce Knott
Republican Party Mick Mulvaney
Mick Mulvaney Republican Party Mick Mulvaney No
6th Democratic Party James Clyburn
Green PartyNammu Y Muhammad
Jim Clyburn Democratic Party James Clyburn No
7th Democratic Party Gloria Bromell Tinubu
Republican Party Tom Rice
New District Republican Party Tom Rice N/A


Members of the U.S. House from South Carolina -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 5 6
Total 6 7

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 7 seats up for election in 2012 in South Carolina. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Election Republican Party Timothy Scott26.3%290,013Bobbie Rose
U.S. House, South Carolina District 2 General Election Republican Party Joe Wilson92.5%203,718Write-In
U.S. House, South Carolina District 3 General Election Republican Party Jeff Duncan33.3%254,763Brian Doyle
U.S. House, South Carolina District 4 General Election Republican Party Trey Gowdy31.2%266,884Deb Morrow
U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election Republican Party Mick Mulvaney11.1%278,003Joyce Knott
U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election Democratic Party James Clyburn88.1%233,615Nammu Y Muhammad
U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 General Election Republican Party Tom Rice11.1%275,738Gloria Bromell Tinubu

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House.

Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also

South Carolina