South Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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South Carolina's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mick Mulvaney Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mick Mulvaney Republican Party
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South Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of South Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Mick Mulvaney was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

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, 2013.[2]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2012

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Mick Mulvaney (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 5th District is located in northern South Carolina along the border of North Carolina. The district includes Kershaw, Lee, Sumter, Fairfield, Newberry, Union, Chester, Lancaster,York, Cherokee, and Union counties.[3]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Independent Joyce Knott
Republican Party Mick Mulvaney Green check mark transparent.png

June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

IndependentWorking Families Party

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joyce Knott 44.4% 123,443
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMick Mulvaney Incumbent 55.5% 154,324
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 236
Total Votes 278,003
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in South Carolina

The 5th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district is composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[4][5]

District partisanship

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 5th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[6]

  • 2012: 41D / 59R
  • 2010: 43D / 57R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

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 5th Congressional District had a PVI of R+9, which was the 124th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 56-44 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 60-40 percent over John Kerry (D).[7]

District history

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In 2010, Mulvaney defeated John Spratt (D). Spratt held the seat from 1983-2011. On November 2, 2010, Mick Mulvaney won election to the United States House. He defeated John Spratt in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMick Mulvaney 55.2% 125,834
     Democratic John Spratt Incumbent 44.8% 102,296
     Write-in Write-in 0% 0
Total Votes 228,130