South Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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South Carolina's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Mark Sanford Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Sanford Republican Party

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

South Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of South Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Mark Sanford won re-election to the U.S. House. He did not face a primary challenger, and he did not face a Democratic challenger in the general election.

Despite an easy path to re-election in 2014, Sanford did not give any help to fellow Republicans Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the godfather of one of one of Sanford's sons, and Governor Nikki Haley, his friend and successor. When asked if he would back them he said, "I'm focused on trying to be the best congressman that I can be for the 1st Congressional District. And that's it."[3]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 4, 2014.[7]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Mark Sanford (R). He won in the special election on May 7, 2013. South Carolina's 1st Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state The first district stretches along the eastern coast of South Carolina, from Seabrook Island to the North Carolina border. It includes most of Charleston and Myrtle Beach. It also includes portions of Berkeley, Chestleston, Dorchester and Beaufort counties.[8]


General election candidates

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Election results

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford Incumbent 93.4% 119,392
     N/A Write-in 6.6% 8,423
Total Votes 127,815
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission

Key votes

Below are important votes that Sanford cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[12] Sanford joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]


Mark Sanford

Campaign contributions

Mark Sanford

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sanford's reports.[16]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

On May 7th, Mark Sanford (R) won a special election to the United States House. He defeated Elizabeth Colbert-Busch and Eugene Platt in the general special election. Sanford was seen as the front runner in the race because of his name recognition, $120,000 in an old campaign account and his ability to fundraise quickly. Sanford also held the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms, prior to being elected governor of South Carolina.[21]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 54% 77,600
     Democratic Elizabeth Colbert-Busch 45.2% 64,961
     Green Eugene Platt 0.5% 690
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 384
Total Votes 143,635
Source: South Carolina Election Board, "Official Special Election Results"


On November 6, 2012, Tim Scott (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bobbie Rose and Keith Blandford in the general election.

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Bobbie Rose 35.7% 103,557
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Scott Incumbent 62% 179,908
     Libertarian Keith Blandford 2.2% 6,334
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 214
Total Votes 290,013
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Tim Scott won election to the United States House. He defeated Ben Frasier (D), Robert Dobbs (Working Families), Rob Groce (G), Keith Blandford (L) and Jimmy Wood (I) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Scott 65.7% 152,755
     Democratic Ben Frasier 28.8% 67,008
     Working Families Rob Groce 1.8% 4,148
     Green Robert Dobbs 1.4% 3,369
     Libertarian Keith Blandford 1.2% 2,750
     Independence Jimmy Wood 1.1% 2,489
Total Votes 232,519

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Post and Courier, "One year later: Mark Sanford talks about his first year back in Congress," accessed June 4, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. South Carolina State Election Commission, "South Carolina Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. South Carolina Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  9., "2014 SC Candidates – US House of Representatives," accessed May 29, 2014
  10. SC Votes, "Candidate List," accessed March 31, 2014
  11. Campaign website, "Home", accessed January 14, 2014
  12. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Sanford 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, October Quarterly", accessed October 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Sanford Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  21. Roll Call, "Sanford Likely Front-Runner in S.C. Special Election," January 3, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013