South Carolina state executive official elections, 2014

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Nine state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of South Carolina. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In addition to candidate lists and election results, this page includes information about important dates, how the state's executive branch is organized, as well as links to articles about recent news in races across the state.

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.[1][2][3]

The following offices were elected in 2014 in South Carolina:

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held eight of the nine state executive seats in South Carolina.

South Carolina State Executives -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 4, 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Republican Party 8 9
     Democratic Party 1 0
Total 9 9
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Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 43.6% 131,546
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Campbell 23.9% 72,204
Pat McKinney (withdrew)[5] 24.4% 73,451
Ray Moore 8.1% 24,335
Total Votes 301,536
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

Primary runoff results

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 63.6% 85,301
Mike Campbell 36.4% 48,863
Total Votes 134,164
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

Attorney General

Secretary of State

Treasurer

South Carolina Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Loftis, Jr. 62% 177,854
Brian Adams 38% 108,934
Total Votes 286,788
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

Controller

Auditor

Superintendent of Public Instruction

South Carolina Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman 22.4% 64,992
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Atwater 22% 63,584
Sheri Few 19.4% 56,044
Gary Burgess 10.7% 31,091
Amy Cofield 7.2% 20,720
Charmeka Childs 6.7% 19,436
Elizabeth Moffly 6% 17,421
Don Jordan 5.6% 16,246
Total Votes 289,534
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.
South Carolina Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Gallagher 36.4% 42,186
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Thompson 26.3% 30,488
Jerry Govan 18.9% 21,824
Montrio Belton 18.4% 21,260
Total Votes 115,758
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

Primary runoff results

South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman 57.2% 76,672
Sally Atwater 42.8% 57,452
Total Votes 134,124
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.
South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Democratic Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Thompson 59.1% 23,541
Sheila Gallagher 40.9% 16,269
Total Votes 39,810
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

Agriculture Commissioner

South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Weathers 65.1% 184,621
Joe Farmer 34.9% 99,155
Total Votes 283,776
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

Adjutant General

South Carolina Adjutant General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Livingston, Jr. 75.8% 209,561
James Breazeale 24.2% 67,077
Total Votes 276,638
Election Results via South Carolina State Elections Commission.

The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Governor

Governor of South Carolina, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNikki Haley Incumbent 55.9% 696,645
     Democratic Vincent Sheheen 41.4% 516,166
     Libertarian Steve French 1.2% 15,438
     Independent Tom Ervin 0.9% 11,496
     United Citizens Morgan Reeves 0.5% 5,622
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 934
Total Votes 1,246,301
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 58.8% 726,821
     Democratic Bakari Sellers 41.1% 508,807
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,514
Total Votes 1,237,142
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Attorney General

Attorney General of South Carolina, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Wilson Incumbent 60.3% 738,434
     Democratic Parnell Diggs 39.7% 486,058
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 879
Total Votes 1,225,371
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Secretary of State

Secretary of State of South Carolina, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 59.5% 730,739
     Democratic Ginny Deerin 40.4% 496,344
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 788
Total Votes 1,227,871
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Treasurer

Curtis Loftis, Jr. was running for election without opposition.

Controller

South Carolina Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Eckstrom Incumbent 59.8% 728,549
     Democratic Kyle Herbert 40.1% 489,066
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 693
Total Votes 1,218,308
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

South Carolina Superintendent, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman Incumbent 57% 699,081
     Democratic Tom Thompson 38.8% 476,358
     American Ed Murray 3.8% 46,695
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 5,055
Total Votes 1,227,189
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Agriculture Commissioner

South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Weathers Incumbent 79.7% 759,640
     United Citizen David Edmond 11.1% 106,223
     American Emile DeFelice 8.9% 84,831
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 2,922
Total Votes 953,616
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Adjutant General

Robert E. Livingston, Jr. won election without opposition.

Voter turnout

Political scientist Michael McDonald's United States Elections Project studied voter turnout in the 2014 election by looking at the percentage of eligible voters who headed to the polls. McDonald used voting-eligible population (VEP), or the number of eligible voters independent of their current registration status, to calculate turnout rates in each state on November 4. He also incorporated ballots cast for the highest office in each state into his calculation. He estimated that 81,687,059 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 35.9 percent of the VEP.[6] By comparison, 61.6 percent of VEP voted in the 2008 presidential election and 58.2 percent of VEP voted in the 2012 presidential election.[7]

Quick facts

  • According to PBS Newshour, voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was the lowest since the 1942 midterms, which took place during the nation's involvement in World War II.[8]
  • Forty-three states and the District of Columbia failed to surpass 50 percent turnout in McDonald's analysis.
  • The three states with the lowest turnout according to McDonald's analysis were Texas (28.3 percent), Tennessee (28.6 percent) and Indiana (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (58.5 percent), Wisconsin (56.5 percent) and Colorado (54.5 percent) were the three states with the highest turnout.
  • There were only 12 states that increased voter turnout in 2014 compared to the 2010 midterm elections.[9]
Voter turnout rates, 2014
State Total votes counted  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,191,274 33.2 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 285,431 54.4 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,537,671 34.1 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 852,642 40.1 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,513,972 30.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,080,071 54.5 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,096,509 42.5 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney General 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 177,176 35.8 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 6,026,802 43.3 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,596,947 38.5 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 369,554 36.5 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 445,307 39.6 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,680,417 40.9 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,387,622 28.8 Secretary of State 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,142,284 50.2 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 887,023 43.4 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,435,868 44 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 616,996 58.5 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,733,177 41.5 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,186,789 44.6 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,188,956 43.2 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 1,992,613 50.5 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 631,858 28.9 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,426,303 31.8 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 373,831 47.3 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 552,115 41.5 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 547,349 29 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 495,565 48.4 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,955,042 32.5 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 512,805 35.7 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,930,310 29 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,939,767 41.2 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 255,128 45 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,149,876 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 824,831 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,541,782 53.5 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,495,866 36 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 329,212 42.2 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,261,611 35.2 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 282,291 44.9 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,374,065 28.6 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,727,208 28.3 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 577,973 30.2 Attorney General 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,194,346 36.6 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,123,901 43.1 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 451,498 31.2 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,410,314 56.5 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 39.3 Governor 52,703 33.6

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on December 16, 2014.

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 30, 2014 Primary and convention filing deadline[10]
June 10, 2014 Primary election
August 15, 2014 Filing deadline for petition and nonpartisan candidates
November 4, 2014 General election
January 14, 2015 Inauguration for state executives

State executive organization

Executive officials in Pennsylvania are part of a three-pronged government structure that includes state legislators and state judges.

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Ballotpedia reports

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