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South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 12, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: South Carolina has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party. In South Carolina's June 26, 2012 primary runoffs, however, voters had to vote in the same party whose primary they voted in.
Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 12, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2012.
- See also: South Carolina elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rep. Joe Wilson (R), who had served since 2001.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Barnwell, Aiken, Lexington, and Richland counties.
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General election candidates
- No candidates filed to run
- Joe Wilson
June 12, 2012,, primary results
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joe Wilson Incumbent||96.3%||196,116|
|Source: South Carolina State Election Commission, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina-District 2 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Joe Wilson Incumbent||80.6%||23,062|
Impact of Redistricting
- See also Redistricting in South Carolina
- 79 percent from the 2nd Congressional District
- 20 percent from the 3rd Congressional District
- 2 percent from the 6th Congressional District
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study
- See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. South Carolina's 2nd District became more Republican because of redistricting.
- 2012: 36D / 64R
- 2010: 42D / 58R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District had a PVI of R+14, which was the 63rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 60-40 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 65-35 percent over John Kerry (D).
|Joe Wilson (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||March 31, 2012||$85,231.63||$152,660.99||$(101,251.91)||$136,640.71|
- United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in South Carolina, 2012
- Carolina ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012 (dead link)
- South Carolina Votes, "2012 Election Calendar," accessed July 27, 2012
- South Carolina Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "South Carolina's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in South Carolina," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Joe Wilson April Quarterly," accessed July 11, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013