South Carolina judicial elections

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Most judges in South Carolina do not participate in popular elections, but instead are chosen by the legislative election of judges. Judges are also chosen via this method in Virginia.

The exception is the election of probate court judges. These judges compete in partisan elections in every other general election year.[1]

Primary election

Primary elections for probate court candidates are conducted on the second Tuesday in June.[2]

Unopposed candidates

Unopposed candidates for the probate courts do not appear on the primary ballots, but automatically advance to the general election.[3]


Also referred to as a "second primary," a primary runoff is held two weeks after the primary for races where more than two candidates filed to compete for one seat in a party primary. If that is the case, the two highest-voted candidates from the primary advance to a runoff. The person with the most votes in the runoff becomes the party's nominee for the general election.[4]

For example, if two Democratic candidates compete in the primary, the winner simply advances to the general election. However, if three Democratic candidates compete in the primary, the top two advance to the runoff. The winner of the runoff would face any Republican candidate in the general election.


Results can be found on the South Carolina State Election Commission website.


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