Three primaries headed for runoffs: South Carolina state executive primary elections review

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June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014 Primary Recap
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*South Carolina Governor
*South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
*South Carolina Attorney General
*South Carolina Secretary of State
*South Carolina down ballot offices

By Garrett Fortin

The 2014 South Carolina primary elections were held on June 11, 2014. Of the six contested primaries for statewide executive offices, all three that contained more than two candidates will be decided in a primary runoff on June 24. The three runoffs are for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor and both Republican and Democratic nominations for Superintendent of Education. In the other three primaries, the incumbent Republican defeated a single challenger.[1]


South Carolina Governor
See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2014

There were no competitive primaries for Governor of South Carolina. Incumbent Republican Nikki Haley will face Democratic state senator Vincent Sheheen in November, alongside Libertarian Steve French, United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Reeves and Independent Tom Ervin.



South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
See also: South Carolina Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

The Republican primary is headed for a runoff. Henry McMaster came first and will face the second-place finisher in the runoff on June 24. Pat McKinney and Mike Campbell were too close, on the morning of June 11, to say which would face McMaster. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Bakari Sellers, who unopposed in his 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)[2] 24.4% 73,451
Ray Moore 8.1% 24,335
Total Votes 301,536
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Elections Commission.




South Carolina Attorney General
See also: South Carolina attorney general election, 2014

Incumbent Republican Alan Wilson and Democrat Parnell Diggs were unopposed in their primaries.



South Carolina Secretary of State
See also: South Carolina secretary of state election, 2014

Incumbent Republican Mark Hammond and Democrat Ginny Deerin were unopposed in their primaries.



South Carolina down ballot offices
See also: South Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Of the five contested primaries for down ballot offices, two will be decided in the runoff on June 24: both the Democratic and Republican primaries for superintendent.

  • Treasurer
The incumbent, Republican Curtis Loftis, Jr., defeated challenger Brian Adams and faces no further opposition to re-election.
South Carolina Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Loftis, Jr. 62% 177,854
Brian Adams 38% 108,934
Total Votes 286,788
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Elections Commission.


  • Comptroller
This incumbent, Republican Richard Eckstrom, and his challenger, Democrat Kyle Herbert, were unopposed in their primaries.
  • Superintendent
Both parties have runoffs in this race. The top two Democrats, Sheila Gallagher and Tom Thompson will face off in the runoff on June 24, as will Republicans Sally Atwater and Molly Mitchell Spearman. The two winners will face Independent Ed Murray in November.
South Carolina Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Gallagher 36.4% 42,186
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Thompson 26.3% 30,488
Jerry Govan 18.9% 21,824
Montrio Belton 18.4% 21,260
Total Votes 115,758
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Elections Commission.
South Carolina Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman 22.4% 64,992
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Atwater 22% 63,584
Sheri Few 19.4% 56,044
Gary Burgess 10.7% 31,091
Amy Cofield 7.2% 20,720
Charmeka Childs 6.7% 19,436
Elizabeth Moffly 6% 17,421
Don Jordan 5.6% 16,246
Total Votes 289,534
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Elections Commission.


  • Agriculture Commissioner
Incumbent Republican Hugh Weathers defeated challenger Joe Farmer. Two other candidates will take part in the general election: United Citizens Party candidate David Edmond and American Party candidate Emile DeFelice.
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Weathers 65.1% 184,621
Joe Farmer 34.9% 99,155
Total Votes 283,776
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Elections Commission.


  • Adjutant General
Incumbent Republican Robert E. Livingston, Jr. defeated challenger James Breazeale and faces no further opposition to re-election.
South Carolina Adjutant General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Livingston, Jr. 75.8% 209,561
James Breazeale 24.2% 67,077
Total Votes 276,638
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Elections Commission.




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