South Carolina House of Representatives District 120

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South Carolina House of Representatives District 120
Current incumbentWeston Newton Republican Party
Population33,404
Ethnicity33.4% Black, 2.1% Hispanic
Voting age75% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
South Carolina's one hundred and twentieth state house district is represented by Republican Representative Weston Newton.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 33,404 civilians reside within South Carolina's one hundred and twentieth state house district.[1] South Carolina state representatives represent an average of 37,301 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 32,355 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. South Carolina legislators assume office the Monday after the election.

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the South Carolina House of Representatives, a candidate must be:[2]

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of filing
  • 21 years old at the filing deadline time
  • A resident of the district at the filing deadline time

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the South Carolina Legislature are paid $10,400 a year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive $131 a day for meals and housing for each statewide session day and committee meeting. Per diem is tied to the federal rate.[3]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. If candidates plan to seek the nomination through a party convention, the filing period begins on the third Friday after the vacancy happened. The qualifying deadline is ten days after the filing period opens.[4]

If a candidate plans to seek the nomination via petition, all signatures must submitted to the appropriate filing officer no later than sixty days before the election. All signatures must be verified by the filing officer no later than 45 days before the election.[5]

A primary election must be held on the eleventh Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. If necessary, a primary runoff must be held on the thirteenth Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. The special election is held on the eighteenth Tuesday after vacancy occurs. No special election can be held less than 60 days before the general election.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of South Carolina House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2012. Weston Newton (R) was unopposed in the general election and defeated Jerry Stewart in the Republican primary.[6][7]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 120, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWeston Newton Incumbent 98.7% 11,928
     Other Write-Ins 1.3% 160
Total Votes 12,088
South Carolina House of Representatives District 120 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWeston Newton 78.4% 1,367
Jerry Stewart 21.6% 376
Total Votes 1,743

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for South Carolina House of Representatives District 120 have raised a total of $294,150. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $29,415 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, South Carolina House of Representatives District 120
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $97,138 2 $48,569
2010 $12,524 1 $12,524
2008 $17,749 1 $17,749
2006 $110,520 2 $55,260
2004 $12,256 1 $12,256
2002 $16,105 1 $16,105
2000 $27,858 2 $13,929
Total $294,150 10 $29,415

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