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South Carolina 2010 legislative election results

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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South Carolina State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the South Carolina House of Representatives. For results in individual contests, see our South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

South Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 51 48
     Republican Party 73 75
     Vacancy - 1
Total 124 124

State House Overview:

  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 3 incumbent Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 20 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 28, 3 are Democrats and 17 are Republicans
  • Of the 124 seats up for election, 48 were won by Democrats and 75 by Republicans.
  • 88 candidates were unopposed, 37 Democrats and 51 Republicans.
  • 16 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Alan Clemmons was first elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2002

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In South Carolina, 104 (86.7%) incumbents ran for re-election. Of these 104, 12 incumbent representatives were defeated. All 12 incumbents were Democrats.

B.R. Skelton was first elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2002

Incumbents who ran on November 2

Bakari Sellers, first elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2008

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:


  1. Alan Clemmons
  2. Anne Peterson Hutto
  3. B.R. Skelton
  4. Bakari Sellers
  5. Bill Herbkersman
  6. Bill Sandifer, III
  7. Bill Whitmire
  8. Bobby Harrell, Jr.
  9. Boyd Brown
  10. Brian White
  11. Bruce Bannister
  12. C. David Umphlett, Jr.
  13. Carl Anderson
  14. Cathy Harvin
  15. Chandra Dillard
  16. Chip Huggins
  17. Christopher Hart
  18. Curtis Brantley
  19. Dan Hamilton
  20. Daniel Cooper
  21. Davey Hiott
  22. David Mack
  23. Deborah Long
  24. Dennis Moss
  25. Denny Neilson
  26. Derham Cole, Jr.
  27. Don Bowen
  28. Dwight Loftis
  29. Eric Bedingfield
  30. Francis Delleney, Jr.
  31. Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative
  32. Gary Simrill
  33. George Hearn
  34. George Smith, Jr.
  35. Gilda Cobb-Hunter
  36. Grady Brown
  37. Harold Mitchell, Jr.
  38. Harry Limehouse
  39. Harry Ott, Jr.
  40. Herbert Kirsh
  41. J. David Weeks
  42. Jackie Hayes
  43. Jackson Whipper
  44. James Battle, Jr.
  45. James Harrison
  46. James Lucas
  47. James Merrill
  48. James Neal
  49. James Rutherford
  50. James Smith, Jr.
  51. James Smith (South Carolina)
  52. Jenny Horne
  53. Jerry Govan, Jr.
  54. Jimmy Bales
  55. Joan Brady
  56. John King (South Carolina)
  57. Joseph Daning
  58. Joseph Jefferson, Jr.
  59. Joseph McEachern
  60. Joseph Neal
  61. Julia Parks
  62. Karl Allen
  63. Kenneth Bingham
  64. Kenneth Hodges
  65. Kristopher Crawford
  66. Laurie Funderburk
  67. Lawrence Kit Spires
  68. Leon Howard
  69. Leonidas Stavrinakis
  70. Lester Branham, Jr.
  71. Lewis Pinson
  72. Liston Barfield
  73. Lonnie Hosey
  74. Marion Frye
  75. Mark Willis
  76. McLain Toole
  77. Merita Ann Allison
  78. Michael Anthony
  79. Michael Gambrell
  80. Michael Pitts
  81. Mike Forrester
  82. Mike Sottile
  83. Nathan Ballentine
  84. Nelson Hardwick
  85. Patsy Knight
  86. Paul Agnew
  87. Phillip Lowe
  88. Phillip Owens
  89. Ralph W. Norman
  90. Robert Brown, South Carolina Representative
  91. Robert Williams, South Carolina Representative
  92. Shannon Erickson
  93. Steve Moss
  94. Steve Parker
  95. Ted Vick
  96. Terry Alexander
  97. Thad Viers
  98. Tom Young
  99. Tommy Stringer
  100. Tracy Edge
  101. Vida Miller
  102. Walton McLeod
  103. Wendell Gilliard
  104. Wendy Nanney
  105. William Bowers
  106. William Clyburn, Sr.

Incumbents defeated

Herbert Kirsh, first elected to the state senate in 1978, was defeated in 2010.

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Anne Peterson Hutto
Herbert Kirsh
Vida Miller

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Kevin Ryan (South Carolina House of Representatives)
Peter McCoy
Tommy Pope

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In South Carolina, 20 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 20, 3 are Democrats and 17 are Republicans. In total, South Carolina elected 124 representatives, 51 Republicans and 37 Democrats.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the South Carolina House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives:

Democratic

Boyd Brown was re-elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2008

Republican

Bill Herbkersman was re-elected to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2002


  1. Alan Clemmons
  2. Andy Patrick
  3. Anne Thayer
  4. B.R. Skelton
  5. Bill Chumley
  6. Bill Crosby
  7. Bill Herbkersman
  8. Bill Hixon
  9. Bill Sandifer, III
  10. Bill Whitmire
  11. Bobby Harrell, Jr.
  12. Brian White
  13. Bruce Bannister
  14. C. David Umphlett, Jr.
  15. Chip Huggins
  16. Chris Murphy (South Carolina)
  17. Dan Hamilton
  18. Daniel Cooper
  19. Davey Hiott
  20. David Tribble Jr
  21. Deborah Long
  22. Dennis Moss
  23. Derham Cole, Jr.
  24. Don Bowen
  25. Doug Brannon
  26. Dwight Loftis
  27. Eddie Tallon
  28. Eric Bedingfield
  29. Eric Bikas
  30. Francis Delleney, Jr.
  31. Garry Smith, South Carolina Representative
  32. Gary Simrill
  33. George Hearn
  34. George Smith, Jr.
  35. Harry Limehouse
  36. James Harrison
  37. James Lucas
  38. James Merrill
  39. James Smith (South Carolina)
  40. Jenny Horne
  41. Joan Brady
  42. Joseph Daning
  43. Kenneth Bingham
  44. Kevin Ryan (South Carolina House of Representatives)
  45. Kristopher Crawford
  46. Lawrence Kit Spires
  47. Lewis Pinson
  48. Liston Barfield
  49. Marion Frye
  50. Mark Willis
  51. McLain Toole
  52. Merita Ann Allison
  53. Michael Gambrell
  54. Michael Pitts
  55. Mike Forrester
  56. Mike Sottile
  57. Nathan Ballentine
  58. Nelson Hardwick
  59. Peter McCoy
  60. Phillip Lowe
  61. Phillip Owens
  62. Ralph W. Norman
  63. Rick Quinn
  64. Shannon Erickson
  65. Steve Moss
  66. Steve Parker
  67. Thad Viers
  68. Todd Atwater
  69. Tom Corbin
  70. Tom Young
  71. Tommy Pope
  72. Tommy Stringer
  73. Tracy Edge
  74. Wendy Nanney
  75. William Taylor

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In South Carolina, 88 (71.0%) candidates were unopposed, 37 Democrats and 51 Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

William Clyburn, Sr. was unopposed in 2010

Republican

Tommy Stringer was unopposed in 2010

Ballot Access

In South Carolina, 16 (9.1%) of the 175 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010: