Filing deadline report: Busy primary season in South Carolina

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April 2, 2014

South Carolina

By Garrett Fortin

Columbia, South Carolina: Nine state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of South Carolina: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, comptroller general, superintendent of education, commissioner of agriculture and adjutant general.

The primary election is scheduled for June 10, 2014. South Carolina is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Two incumbents, Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell and Superintendent Mick Zais, are retiring. The other seven incumbents are running for re-election. They are:

On Sunday, March 30, the filing period for primary candidates and candidates for nonpartisan offices came to a close. The following list of candidates is current as of March 31, 2014.

A total of 39 candidates filed for the 9 offices - 25 Republicans, 9 Democrats, 2 from the United Citizens Party, 1 Libertarian and 2 other independents.


Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General

Secretary of State


Comptroller General

Adjutant General


Agriculture Commissioner

See also

Ballotpedia News


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News, "Will Governor Haley survive 2014 gubernatorial race?" August 16, 2012
  5. The Associated Press via MyrtleBeachOnline, "Gov Haley names co-chairs for possible run in 2014," February 19, 2013
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 South Carolina Election Commission, "Candidate Tracking," March 31, 2014
  7. The State, "Libertarian joins SC governor’s race," March 17, 2014
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  9. The State, "Sellers to run for lieutenant governor," June 4, 2014
  10., "Bakari Sellers forms committee for lt. gov. run," June 6, 2013
  11. GoUpstate, "Retired Charleston developer to run for lieutenant governor," October 15, 2013 (dead link)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 South Carolina Election Commission, "Candidate Tracking," March 27, 2014
  13. The State, "ELECTION 2014: Parnell Diggs to run for Attorney General," January 22, 2014
  14. The State, "Democratic political operative to challenge Hammond for SC secretary of state," February 18, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 The State, "ELECTION 2014 (updated): Who's filed for statewide, State House, Congressional offices," March 27, 2014
  16. The Island Packet, "Former Zais employee to seek Democratic nomination for state schools chief," September 23, 2013
  17. WISTV, "Rep. Patrick running for state superintendent," January 22, 2014
  18. WISTV, "Another Republican announces run for SC Education Superintendent," January 22, 2014
  19. WISTV, "2nd Republican jumps into SC superintendent's race," January 22, 2014
  20. The Post and Courier, "Another contender jumps into the race for Superintendent of Education," February 7, 2014 (timed out)
  21. The State, "Exclusive: Sally Atwater, widow of GOP operative, to run for SC education chief," February 7, 2014
  22. GoUpstate, "Mick Zais' deputy to enter GOP race," February 7, 2014 (dead link)