South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on Nov. 2, 2010. The primary election was held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, yielding James Ken Ard as the Republican victor; he went on to defeat Democrat Ashley Cooper.

On June 22, 2010, a special runoff election was held for the Republican nomination. Incumbent office holder André Bauer ran for the governorship but lost his bid for the nomination, making the lieutenant governor's seat an open race. Following the primaries and conventions as well as the special runoff, Democrat Ashley Cooper and Republican James Ken Ard were on the ballot in November.

Ard emerged victorious and, along with fellow Republican Nikki Haley, the Governor-elect, took office in early 2011.

Poll hours on all election days were from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. The deadline for filing nomination papers passed on March 30.[1]Oct. 2, 2010, was the last day to register to vote in the gubernatorial election.

South Carolina numbers among the 17 states that elects the governor and lieutenant governor on separate tickets. The major parties hold primary elections while third parties convene nominating conventions to name candidates to the ballots.

The November Ballot – Who Made It? South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
Nominee Affiliation
Ashley Cooper Democrat
James Ken Ard Republican
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

November 2, 2010 general election results

On November 2, 2010, Ken Ard won election to the office of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor. He defeated Ashley Cooper in the general election.

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Ard 55.2% 735,089
     Democratic Ashley Cooper 44.8% 596,620
     Write-In Various 0.1% 1,012
Total Votes 1,332,721
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission



  • Ashley Cooper, an attorney specializing in energy policy, was unopposed in the primary.


  • James Ken Ard, a business owner who began his political career on the Florence County City Council, placed first in the primary but not by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff; he won the ensuring contest decisively.
  • Bill Connor, an attorney, forced a runoff with Ard, but ultimately lost his bid;
  • Eleanor Kitzman, a businesswoman and former state insurance director; and
  • Larry Richter, an attorney and Circuit Court judge.


  • Christopher M. Mixon

June 22, 2010, Republican runoff

2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Runoff[2]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Ken Ard (R) 61.34%
Bill Connor (R) 38.66%
Total votes 338, 801

June 8, 2010, primary

2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary[3]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Ken Ard (R) 33.70%
Green check mark.jpg Bill Connor (R) 27.38%
Eleanor Kitzman (R) 14.66%
Larry Rchter (R) 24.26%
Total votes 393,516

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