South Carolina state legislative special elections, 2012

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Two special elections for the South Carolina State Legislature took place in 2012. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 10, and South Carolina State Senate, District 68.

How vacancies are filled


If there is a vacancy in the South Carolina Legislature, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. If candidates plan to seek the nomination through a party convention, the filing period begins on the third Friday after the vacancy happened. The qualifying deadline is ten days after the filing period opens.[1]

If a candidate plans to seek the nomination via petition, all signatures must submitted to the appropriate filing officer no later than sixty days before the election. All signatures must be verified by the filing officer no later than 45 days before the election.[2]

A primary election must be held on the eleventh Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. If necessary, a primary runoff must be held on the thirteenth Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. The special election is held on the eighteenth Tuesday after vacancy occurs. No special election can be held less than 60 days before the general election.[2]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 17
     Republican Party 28
     Vacancy 1
Total 46

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 46
     Republican Party 78
Total 124

Special elections

July 17, 2012



July 24, 2012



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