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
Pat McKinney (withdrew)[5] 24.4% 73,451
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Campbell 23.9% 72,204
Ray Moore 8.1% 24,335
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 43.6% 131,546
Total Votes 301,536
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Primary runoff results

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Mike Campbell 36.4% 48,807
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 63.6% 85,159
Total Votes 133,966
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Election Commission Unofficial Runoff Results.

Attorney General

Secretary of State

Treasurer

South Carolina Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Loftis, Jr. 62.8% 172,948
Brian Adams 37.2% 102,295
Total Votes 275,243
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Controller

Auditor

Superintendent of Public Instruction

South Carolina Superintendent, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Gary Burgess 10.7% 30,840
Sheri Few 19.3% 55,649
Amy Cofield 7.2% 20,611
Green check mark transparent.pngSally Atwater 22% 63,150
Charmeka Childs 6.7% 19,255
Don Jordan 5.6% 16,183
Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman 22.5% 64,657
Elizabeth Moffly 6% 17,294
Total Votes 287,639
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.
South Carolina Superintendent, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Montrio Belton 18.4% 21,260
Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Gallagher 36.4% 42,186
Jerry Govan 18.9% 21,824
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Thompson 26.3% 30,488
Total Votes 115,758
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Primary runoff results

South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Sally Atwater 42.8% 57,385
Green check mark transparent.pngMolly Mitchell Spearman 57.2% 76,537
Total Votes 133,922
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Election Commission Unofficial Runoff Results.
South Carolina Superintendent of Education, Democratic Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Sheila Gallagher 40.9% 16,244
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Thompson 59.1% 23,506
Total Votes 39,750
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Election Commission Unofficial Runoff Results.

Agriculture Commissioner

South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHugh Weathers 65.7% 178,840
Joe Farmer 34.3% 93,472
Total Votes 272,312
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Adjutant General

South Carolina Adjutant General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Livingston, Jr. 75.9% 201,410
James Breazeale 24.1% 64,071
Total Votes 265,481
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

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 82,596,338 ballots were cast in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, representing 36.4 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 Indiana (28 percent), Texas (28.5 percent) and Utah (28.8 percent).
  • Maine (59.3 percent), Wisconsin (56.9 percent) and Alaska (55.3 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 for top office  % voter eligible population Top statewide office up for election Size of lead (Raw votes) Size of lead (%)
Alabama 1,200,000 33.5 Governor 320,319 27.2
Alaska 290,000 55.3 Governor 4,004 1.6
Arizona 1,550,000 34.4 Governor 143,951 12.5
Arkansas 875,000 41.2 Governor 118,664 14
California 7,750,000 31.8 Governor 1,065,748 17.8
Colorado 2,025,000 53.0 Governor 50,395 2.4
Connecticut 1,089,880 42.3 Governor 26,603 2.5
Delaware 234,038 34.4 Attorney general 31,155 13.6
District of Columbia 150,000 30.3 Mayor 27,934 19
Florida 5,951,561 42.7 Governor 66,127 1.1
Georgia 2,575,000 38.2 Governor 202,685 8
Hawaii 366,125 36.2 Governor 45,323 12.4
Idaho 440,000 39.1 Governor 65,852 14.9
Illinois 3,550,000 39.5 Governor 171,900 4.9
Indiana 1,350,000 28.0 Secretary of state 234,978 17.8
Iowa 1,150,000 50.6 Governor 245,548 21.8
Kansas 875,000 42.8 Governor 33,052 3.9
Kentucky 1,440,000 44.2 U.S. Senate 222,096 15.5
Louisiana 1,472,039 43.8 U.S. Senate 16,401 1.1
Maine 625,000 59.3 Governor 29,820 4.9
Maryland 1,750,000 41.9 Governor 88,648 6.1
Massachusetts 2,150,000 43.9 Governor 40,361 1.9
Michigan 3,151,835 42.7 Governor 129,547 4.3
Minnesota 2,025,000 51.3 Governor 109,776 5.6
Mississippi 650,000 29.7 U.S. Senate 141,234 33
Missouri 1,450,000 32.3 Auditor 684,074 53.6
Montana 365,000 46.1 U.S. Senate 65,262 17.9
Nebraska 550,000 41.3 Governor 97,678 18.7
Nevada 600,000 31.8 Governor 255,793 46.7
New Hampshire 500,000 48.8 Governor 24,924 5.2
New Jersey 1,825,000 30.4 N/A N/A N/A
New Mexico 550,000 38.3 Governor 73,868 14.6
New York 3,900,000 28.8 Governor 476,252 13.4
North Carolina 2,900,000 40.7 U.S. Senate 48,511 1.7
North Dakota 248,670 43.8 U.S. House At-large seat 42,214 17.1
Ohio 3,150,000 36.2 Governor 933,235 30.9
Oklahoma 825,000 29.8 Governor 122,060 14.7
Oregon 1,500,000 52 Governor 59,029 4.5
Pennsylvania 3,500,000 36.1 Governor 339,261 9.8
Rhode Island 325,000 41.7 Governor 14,346 4.5
South Carolina 1,246,301 34.8 Governor 179,089 14.6
South Dakota 279,412 44.5 Governor 124,865 45.1
Tennessee 1,400,000 29.1 Governor 642,214 47.5
Texas 4,750,000 28.5 Governor 957,973 20.4
Utah 550,000 28.8 Attorney general 173,819 35.2
Vermont 193,087 38.8 Governor 2,095 1.1
Virginia 2,200,000 36.7 U.S. Senate 16,727 0.8
Washington 2,050,000 41.6 N/A N/A N/A
West Virginia 460,000 31.8 U.S. Senate 124,667 27.6
Wisconsin 2,425,000 56.9 Governor 137,607 5.7
Wyoming 168,390 38.7 Governor 52,703 33.6
United States 82,596,338 36.4

Note: Information from the United States Elections Project was last updated on November 19, 2014. The results in this table draw from unofficial results as of November 12, 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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