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Jim Rex
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South Carolina Superintendent of Education
Former officeholder
In office
Jim Rex (born November 21, 1941) was the 16th South Carolina Superintendent of Education. Rex, who is a Democrat, was sworn into the office on January 10, 2007 after a cliffhanger of an election in 2006, where he edged out Republican Karen Floyd by just 455 votes.

On September 15, 2009, Rex announced that he was running for Governor of South Carolina in a crowded field seeking to replace Mark Sanford.[1] 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.



See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Democrat Primary[2]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Vincent Sheheen (D) 59.0%
Jim Rex (D) 23.0%[3]
Robert Ford (D) 18.0%
Total votes 188,576

Political party

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in South Carolina

In January 2014, South Carolina certified the 11th political in the state, the American Party of South Carolina.[4] The party is led by Rex and by Oscar Lovelace, a Republican candidate for Governor in 2006.[5] The party obtained 16,000 signatures of registered voters, more than the 10,000-signature requirement, over the course of a year.[4] "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.[5]

Campaign donors

Rex raised $117,300 for his 2010 gubernatorial campaign from September-December 2009. His Democratic competitors Vincent Sheheen and Dwight Drake both raised more in the same quarter of 2009.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Carolina Superintendent of Education
Succeeded by
Mick Zais