Eugene Platt

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Eugene Platt
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1
PartyGreen Party
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Eugene Platt was a 2013 Green Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[1] Platt was defeated in the general election on May 7, 2013.

He was a Green Party candidate for the District 115 in the South Carolina House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010, state legislative elections.



See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Platt ran as a Green Party nominee for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[2] The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[3]

Shawn Pinkston ran in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[4] The general election took place on May 7, 2013, in which Mark Sanford defeated Platt and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.[5][6]Ben Frasier is running in the Democratic primary against Elizabeth Colbert-Busch on March 19, 2013.[4]

Former Governor Mark Sanford was seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. This was also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[7]

The district leans Republican.[8] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[9]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 54% 77,600
     Democratic Elizabeth Colbert-Busch 45.2% 64,961
     Green Eugene Platt 0.5% 690
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 384
Total Votes 143,635
Source: South Carolina Election Board, "Official Special Election Results"


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Platt was defeated by incumbent Anne Peterson Hutto (D) and Peter McCoy (R) in the November 2 general election.[10]

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