South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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South Carolina Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Henry McMaster Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John McGill Democratic Party
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South Carolina State Executive Elections
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The South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014, following a primary election on June 10, 2014. Former Glenn McConnell (R) was first appointed in 2012 and was not running for re-election. Interim Lieutenant Governor John McGill took office after the primaries and was unable to run as a partisan candidate. The race to replace McGill featured Democratic candidate Bakari Sellers and Republican candidate Henry McMaster. McMaster won the election to a four-year term.

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.[1][2][3]


General election

Democratic Party Bakari Sellers - State representative[4][5][6]
Republican Party Henry McMaster Green check mark transparent.png - former South Carolina Attorney General [7]

Defeated in primary or runoff

Republican Party Mike Campbell[8]
Republican Party Ray Moore[8]

Ineligible to run

Democratic Party John McGill - Incumbent


Republican Party Pat McKinney - Retired Charleston developer[9]
Republican Party Glenn McConnell - Incumbent, withdrew to become President of the College of Charleston[10][11]
Republican Party Bill Connor - Orangeburg attorney[4][7]
Republican Party Ralph Norman - State representative[12][7]


General election

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 58.8% 726,821
     Democratic Bakari Sellers 41.1% 508,807
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,514
Total Votes 1,237,142
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Runoff results

Democratic runoff

  • Uncontested

Republican runoff

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 63.6% 85,301
Mike Campbell 36.4% 48,863
Total Votes 134,164
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

Primary election

Republican primary

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 43.6% 131,546
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Campbell 23.9% 72,204
Pat McKinney (withdrew)[13] 24.4% 73,451
Ray Moore 8.1% 24,335
Total Votes 301,536
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

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Resignation of Glenn McConnell

Former South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell was hired by the College of Charleston as president and left office in June 2014.[14] The current Senate President Pro Tempore, Republican state Sen. John Courson, would normally be next in line but he expressed a desire to stay in the Senate. As such, a Democratic state senator, John McGill, was temporarily elected president pro tempore so that he could become interim lieutenant governor.

If McGill had decided that he wanted to remain lieutenant governor after January 2014, he would have needed to run as an independent candidate since the filing deadlines and primaries for partisan passed prior to his elevation. The filing deadline for a prospective independent candidate was July 15 and McGill had given no indication that he intended to run for lieutenant governor by that deadline.

Past elections


South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Ard 55.2% 735,089
     Democratic Ashley Cooper 44.8% 596,620
     Write-In Various 0.1% 1,012
Total Votes 1,332,721
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 30, 2014 Primary and convention filing deadline[15]
June 10, 2014 Primary election
August 15, 2014 Filing deadline for petition and nonpartisan candidates
November 4, 2014 General election
January 14, 2015 Inauguration for state executives

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