South Carolina Secretary of State election, 2014

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South Carolina Secretary of State Election

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Hammond Republican Party
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The South Carolina Secretary of State election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Mark Hammond (R) was first elected in 2002 and is seeking re-election in 2014.

Hammond faces a challenge from Ginny Deerin (D) in the general election. Hammond has won by at least 13 percent over his opponents in the past three elections, as detailed in the past elections section. Hammond is seeking to become the first Democrat elected to statewide office since 2006.[1] Learn more about the issues facing Deerin and Hammond in this race in the race background section.

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.[2][3][4]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Mark Hammond - Incumbent
Democratic Party Ginny Deerin - Democratic operative and nonprofit consultant[5]

Race background

Republican incumbent Mark Hammond was first elected to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State in 2002 and is seeking re-election again this year. Hammond and his opponent, Democratic nonprofit consultant Ginny Deerin, were unopposed in the primary.

Club for Growth endorsement

Deerin's candidacy received a boost in September 2014 when the fiscally conservative South Carolina Club for Growth endorsed her bid for secretary of state.[6] The group's endorsement was based on Deerin's intention to cut fees and regulations for businesses and charities registering in the state. Hammond responded by saying that the endorsement "lacked authenticity." Hammond has earned endorsements from the Citizens for Life and the South Carolina Association of Realtors prior to the general election.[6]

Past elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mark Hammond won re-election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Marjorie Johnson in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 60.9% 805,783
     Democratic Marjorie Johnson 39% 516,414
     Write-In Various 0% 638
Total Votes 1,322,835
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

2006

On November 7, 2006, Mark Hammond won re-election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Cheryl L. Footman in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 61.2% 656,661
     Democratic Cheryl L. Footman 38.7% 415,211
     Write-In Various 0% 473
Total Votes 1,072,345
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

2002

On November 5, 2002, Mark Hammond won election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Rick C. Wade in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond 56.8% 610,799
     Democratic Rick C. Wade 43.1% 463,501
     Write-In Various 0% 291
Total Votes 1,074,591
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 30, 2014 Primary and convention filing deadline[7]
June 10, 2014 Primary election
August 15, 2014 Filing deadline for petition and nonpartisan candidates
November 4, 2014 General election

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