Ginny Deerin

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Ginny Deerin
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Former candidate for
South Carolina Secretary of State
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina (1972)
ProfessionNonprofit consultant
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Ginny Deerin was a Democratic candidate for South Carolina Secretary of State in the 2014 elections.[1] Ginny Deerin lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Deerin has started and worked at a number of nonprofits in South Carolina and is now president of a nonprofit consulting firm.


Deerin graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1972.[2]



See also: South Carolina secretary of state election, 2014

Deerin ran for election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. Deerin won the Democratic nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Attorney General of South Carolina, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Wilson Incumbent 60.3% 738,434
     Democratic Parnell Diggs 39.7% 486,058
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 879
Total Votes 1,225,371
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.


In mid-September, Deerin received the endorsement of the South Carolina Club for Growth, who lauded Deerin's pledge "to cut the office's budget, fees and regulations."[3] Deerin was the first Democrat endorsed by the fiscally conservative group.

Race background

Republican incumbent Mark Hammond was first elected to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State in 2002 and sought re-election again this year. Hammond and his opponent, Democratic nonprofit consultant Ginny Deerin, were unopposed in the primary.

Club for Growth endorsement

Deerin's candidacy received a boost in September 2014 when the fiscally conservative South Carolina Club for Growth endorsed her bid for secretary of state.[4] The group's endorsement was based on Deerin's intention to cut fees and regulations for businesses and charities registering in the state. Hammond responded by saying that the endorsement "lacked authenticity." Hammond earned endorsements from the Citizens for Life and the South Carolina Association of Realtors prior to the general election.[4]

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