South Carolina's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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South Carolina's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Trey Gowdy Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

South Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of South Carolina will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Trey Gowdy did not face a challenger in the primary election, which has left him time to focus on leading a special committee investigating the attack in Benghazi and the Obama administration's actions regarding the attack.[3]

Gowdy will face Libertarian Curtis McLaughlin in the general election.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 4, 2014.[7]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Trey Gowdy (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The fourth district is located in upstate South Carolina, bordering North Carolina. It includes Greenville and Spartanburg counties.[8]


General election candidates


States' rights

McLaughlin submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:[10]

I aim to remove the majority of the powers of the overreaching Federal Government and return power to the States. Political accountability can best be had at the state/local level. I chose to run in order to help represent the unrepresented youth in today's modern political arena.[11]

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[12] Gowdy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]

Campaign contributions

Trey Gowdy

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gowdy's reports.[15]

Trey Gowdy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]May 1, 2013$270,956.98$53,463.00$(17,919.42)$306,500.26
July Quarterly[17]July 12, 2013$306,500.26$176,590.83$(97,411.88)$385,679.21
October Quarterly[18]October 13, 2013$385,679.21$132,250.00$(91,959.73)$425,969.48
Year-End[19]January 27, 2014$425,969$41,086$(77,384)$389,671
April Quarterly[20]April 12, 2014$389,671.34$32,358.76$(75,221.62)$346,808.48
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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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. Incumbent Trey Gowdy won re-election in the district.[21]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Trey Gowdy won election to the United States House. He defeated Paul Corden (D) and Dave Edwards (Constitution) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 4 General 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

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Roll Call, "Republicans’ Benghazi Panel Appointments Likely Friday," May 8, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, "South Carolina Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. South Carolina Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  9. SC Votes, "Candidate Search," accessed April 1, 2014
  10. Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on May 20, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Gowdy 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Gowdy Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  21. Politico, "2012 Election Map, South Carolina"
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013