South Carolina's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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South Carolina's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Trey Gowdy Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Trey Gowdy Republican Party
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South Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of South Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Trey Gowdy was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: South Carolina has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party. In South Carolina's June 26, 2012 primary runoffs, however, voters had to vote in the same party whose primary they voted in.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 12, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2012.[2]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), who had served since 2011.

The fourth district is located in upstate South Carolina, bordering North Carolina. It includes Greenville and Spartanburg counties.[3]

This was the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Independent Deb Morrow
Republican Party Trey Gowdy Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Jeff Sumerel

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

IndependentWorking Families Party

Green PartyGreen Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, South Carolina District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Deb Morrow 33.7% 89,964
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrey Gowdy Incumbent 64.9% 173,201
     Green Jeff Sumerel 1.3% 3,390
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 329
Total Votes 266,884
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives-South Carolina, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Morrow 70.6% 3,678
Jimmy Tobias 29.4% 1,528
Total Votes 5,206

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in South Carolina

The new 4th District is composed entirely of voters of the old 4th Congressional District.[5][6]

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. South Carolina's 4th District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 35D / 65R
  • 2010: 35D / 65R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. South Carolina's 4th Congressional District had a PVI of R+15, which was the 48th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 62-38 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 66-34 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$325,213.33$114,770.12$(33,124.08)$406,859.37
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Gowdy won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Paul Corden, and Dave Edwards in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina Congressional District 4 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrey Gowdy 65.2% 137,586
     Democratic Paul Corden 29.6% 62,438
     Constitution Dave Edwards 5.2% 11,059
Total Votes 211,083

See also