South Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 12, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
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, 2013.
- See also: South Carolina elections, 2012
Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Mick Mulvaney (R), who was first elected in 2010.
The 5th District is located in northern South Carolina along the border of North Carolina. The district includes Kershaw, Lee, Sumter, Fairfield, Newberry, Union, Chester, Lancaster,York, Cherokee, and Union counties.
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General election candidates
June 12, 2012,, primary results
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mick Mulvaney Incumbent||55.5%||154,324|
|Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Impact of Redistricting
- See also Redistricting in South Carolina
- 7 percent from the 4th Congressional District
- 86 percent from the 5th Congressional District
- 6 percent from the 6th Congressional District
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 5th District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 41D / 59R
- 2010: 43D / 57R
Cook Political Report's PVI
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 5th Congressional District had a PVI of R+9, which was the 124th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).
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In 2010, Mulvaney defeated John Spratt (D). Spratt held the seat from 1983-2011. On November 2, 2010, Mick Mulvaney won election to the United States House. He defeated John Spratt in the general election.
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||John Spratt Incumbent||44.8%||102,296|
- Carolina ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012 (dead link)
- South Carolina Votes, "2012 Election Calendar," accessed July 27, 2012
- South Carolina Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "South Carolina's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in South Carolina," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013