South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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South Carolina's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Tom Rice Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Newly created district

South Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of South Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Tom Rice 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, 2012.[2]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2012

Incumbent: This seventh district was newly created after the 2010 Census showed significant population growth in the state of South Carolina.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. South Carolina's 7th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Marlboro, Darlington, Florence, Dillion, Marion, Horry, and Georgetown counties.[3][4] South Carolina had not had a 7th Congressional District since 1932.


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Gloria Bromell Tinubu[5]
Republican Party Tom Rice[5] Green check mark transparent.png

June 26, 2012, Run-off election candidates

Democratic Party Independent Gloria Bromell Tinubu Approveda
Democratic Party Preston Brittain
Republican Party Tom Rice Approveda
Republican Party Andre Bauer

June 12, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note:While Gloria Bromell Tinubu was initially declared the winner, on June 22, 2012, a Horry County judge decided that there would be a run-off election to decide the winner of the Democratic primary. Tinubu ran against the other top vote getter in the June 12 primary, Preston Brittain.[5]
Note: Ted Vick withdrew prior to the primary.[7]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Mande Wilkes and Edward Karabees withdrew prior to the primary.[12]

IndependentWorking Families Party

Election results

U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rice 55.5% 153,068
     Democratic Gloria Bromell Tinubu 44.4% 122,389
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 281
Total Votes 275,738
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rice Incumbent 56.1% 16,844
Andre Bauer 43.9% 13,173
Total Votes 30,017
U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Bromell Tinubu Incumbent 72.7% 17,930
Preston Brittain 27.3% 6,733
Total Votes 24,663

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are candidate reports.

Tom Rice

Tom Rice (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$177,436.78$205,736.28$(51,420.32)$90,552.09
Running totals

Gloria Bromell Tinubu

Gloria Bromell Tinubu (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$22,730.00$123,500.00$(101,605.90)$44,624.10
Running totals

Race Background


Republican Party South Carolina's 7th Congressional District was one of 24 seats nationwide rated "Likely Republican" by the Cook Political Report.[15]

Republican Party The Sabato Crystal Ball had rated the 7th District race "Safe Republican."[16]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in South Carolina

The 7th District was added following the results of the 2010 census. According to the Washington Post, despite Republican-controlled redistricting decisions, this district was a battleground for Democrats and Republicans seeking control of the U.S. House. With Republican front-runner Thad Viers deciding not to run and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th was a swing district year.[17]

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 7th District was newly created as a result of redistricting.[18]

  • 2012: 42D / 58R
  • 2010: N/A

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 7th Congressional District had a PVI of R+7, which was the 153rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 54-46 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 56-44 percent over John Kerry (D).[19]


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm of the Democratic Party in the United States House of Representatives, had reserved $150,000 worth of TV media buys in the Florence-Myrtle Beach market leading up to the general election in November. The proposed media buys did not necessarily mean the DCCC would run ads in the district, it just reserved the time if the committee decided to become active in the district during the campaign. The DCCC had reserved media time in 40 different congressional districts nationwide.[20]

On June 6, 2012, the DCCC reserved another $224,000 worth of media buys in the 7th District.[21]

See also

External links


  1. Carolina ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012 (dead link)
  2. South Carolina Votes, "2012 Election Calendar," accessed July 27, 2012
  3. South Carolina Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  4. The State Feds approve S.C.'s plans for 7th District December 28, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 SC Now "Tinubu wins Democratic runoff; Rice beats Bauer for GOP spot," June 26, 2012
  6. "Brittain announces candidacy for S.C.'s new 7th Congressional District" accessed February 2, 2012
  7. "Rep. Ted Vick drops out of 7th Congressional race" accessed June 2, 2012
  8. The Sun News Who's the frontrunner for the 7th Congressional District? December 28, 2011
  9. wistv'.com "7th Congressional district candidates answer questions" accessed February 2, 2012
  10. "Chad Prosser announces congressional campaign" accessed February 2, 2012
  11. "GOP Releases List Of Congressional Candidates" accessed June 4, 2012
  12. CarolinaLive "Wilkes withdraws, endorses Bauer for 7th Congressional race" accessed April 9, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Rice April Quarterly," accessed July 7, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Gloria Bromell Tinubu April Quarterly," accessed July 7, 2012
  15. Cook Political Report, "2012 Competitive House Race Chart" accessed May 31, 2012 (dead link)
  16. Sabato Crystal Ball Accessed May 31, 2012
  17. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  18. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in South Carolina," September 2012
  19. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  20., "National Democrats reserve $150,000 in TV ads for 7th Congressional race" accessed May 31, 2012
  21. Roll Call, "DCCC Reserves $19M Worth of Airtime" accessed June 10, 2012