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|South Carolina Superintendent of Education|
On September 15, 2009, Rex announced that he was running for Governor of South Carolina in a crowded field seeking to replace Mark Sanford. Rex lost in the primary to Vincent Sheheen by a margin of 59.0% to 23.0%.
In January 2014, Rex and Oscar Lovelace, a former Republican candidate for Governor, founded the American Party of South Carolina by submitting enough signatures to achieve official certification in South Carolina. The American Party of South Carolina became the 11th officially recognized political party in the state.
|2010 Race for Governor - Democrat Primary|
|Vincent Sheheen (D)||59.0%|
|Jim Rex (D)||23.0%|
|Robert Ford (D)||18.0%|
In January 2014, South Carolina certified the 11th political in the state, the American Party of South Carolina. The party is led by Rex and by Oscar Lovelace, a Republican candidate for Governor in 2006. The party obtained 16,000 signatures of registered voters, more than the 10,000-signature requirement, over the course of a year. "If you are looking for a champion for a single issue, we are not your party," Rex said. The party promised to nominate more "moderate" candidates for South Carolina's congressional seats. Its platform included support for term limits and more government transparency.
- The State, "Exclusive: Rex moves toward run for governor," August 6, 2009
- South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary
- Jim Rex was nominated by the 'Working Family Party prior to losing the Democratic Primary. He continued to campaign but did not appear on printed ballots as South Carolina prohibited candidates who lost any party's nomination from being listed.
- WISTV.com, "American Party, brainchild of former gubernatorial candidates, officially certified," accessed February 3, 2014
- Herald Online, "Former GOP, Democratic gubernatorial candidates seek to create third party in S.C.," accessed February 3, 2014
- FITS News, "Jim Rex’s Fund-Raising Implosion," January 15, 2010
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