South Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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South Carolina's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
James E. Clyburn Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
James E. Clyburn Democratic Party
James Clyburn.jpg

South Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

James Clyburn 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. James E. Clyburn (D), the Assistant House Minority Leader.[3]

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. South Carolina's 6th Congressional District is located in the central and southern portions of the state and includes Richland, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg, Allendale, Hampton, Jasper, Colleton, and Charleston counties.[4]

This was the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party James Clyburn Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party No candidates filed to run
Green Party Nammu Y Muhammad

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Green PartyGreen Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, South Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Clyburn Incumbent 93.6% 218,717
     Green Nammu Y Muhammad 5.5% 12,920
     N/A Write-In 0.8% 1,978
Total Votes 233,615
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in South Carolina

The 6th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[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 6th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 67D / 33R
  • 2010: 61D / 39R

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 6th Congressional District had a PVI of D+17, which was the 58th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 71-29 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 66-34 percent over George W. Bush (R).[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.

James E. Clyburn

James Clyburn (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$1,548,870.43$219,690.82$(317,438.25)$1,451,123.00
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Clyburn won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jim Pratt (R) and Nammu Y. Muhammad (Green) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames E. Clyburn Incumbent 62.9% 125,459
     Republican Jim Pratt 36.4% 72,661
     Green Nammu Y. Muhammad 0.7% 1,389
Total Votes 199,509

See also