United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in South Carolina

Primary Date
June 12, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

South Carolina District Pages
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in South Carolina took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected seven candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's seven congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2012
June 12, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: South Carolina has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party. In South Carolina's June 26 primary runoffs, however, voters must vote in the same party whose primary they voted in.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by May 12. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6.[1]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2012


The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win one districts while Republicans would win five seats. It did not make a projection for the remaining district.[2]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

South Carolina had the 38th most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 35.71% of major party primaries having been contested (5 out of 14). The national average was 54.31%.

Seven U.S. House incumbents ran for re-election in South Carolina in 2012. 2 of those 7 (28.57%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held five of the six Congressional seats from South Carolina. However, the state gained one seat after the 2010 census and elected 7 representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from South Carolina -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 5 6
Total 6 7

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the six congressional districts were:

Name Party District
James E. Clyburn Electiondot.png Democratic 6
Jeff Duncan Ends.png Republican 3
Joe Wilson Ends.png Republican 2
Mick Mulvaney Ends.png Republican 5
Tim Scott Ends.png Republican 1
Trey Gowdy Ends.png Republican 4

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 7 seats up for election in 2012 in South Carolina. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
South Carolina, District 1 Republican Party Timothy Scott 26.3% 290,013 Bobbie Rose
South Carolina, District 2 Republican Party Joe Wilson 92.5% 203,718 Write-In
South Carolina, District 3 Republican Party Jeff Duncan 33.3% 254,763 Brian Doyle
South Carolina, District 4 Republican Party Trey Gowdy 31.2% 266,884 Deb Morrow
South Carolina, District 5 Republican Party Mick Mulvaney 11.1% 278,003 Joyce Knott
South Carolina, District 6 Democratic Party James Clyburn 88.1% 233,615 Nammu Y Muhammad
South Carolina, District 7 Republican Party Tom Rice 11.1% 275,738 Gloria Bromell Tinubu

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of South Carolina before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Bobbie Rose
Republican Party Timothy Scott
Libertarian PartyKeith Blandford
Tim Scott Republican Party Timothy Scott No
2nd Republican Party Joe Wilson Joe Wilson Republican Party Joe Wilson No
3rd Democratic Party Brian Doyle
Republican Party Jeff Duncan
Jeff Duncan Republican Party Jeff Duncan No
4th Democratic Party Deb Morrow
Republican Party Trey Gowdy
Green Party Jeff Sumerel
Trey Gowdy Republican Party Trey Gowdy No
5th Democratic Party Joyce Knott
Republican Party Mick Mulvaney
Mick Mulvaney Republican Party Mick Mulvaney No
6th Democratic Party James Clyburn
Green PartyNammu Y Muhammad
Jim Clyburn Democratic Party James Clyburn No
7th Democratic Party Gloria Bromell Tinubu
Republican Party Tom Rice
New District Republican Party Tom Rice N/A

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Independent Bobbie Rose
Republican Party Timothy Scott Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Keith Blandford


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

IndependentWorking Families Party

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party No candidates filed to run
Republican Party Joe Wilson Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Republican Party Republican Primary

3rd Congressional District

Democratic Party General election candidates

Democratic Party Brian Doyle
Republican Party Jeff Duncan Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Independent Deb Morrow
Republican Party Trey Gowdy Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Jeff Sumerel


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

IndependentWorking Families Party

Green PartyGreen Party

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Independent Joyce Knott
Republican Party Mick Mulvaney Green check mark transparent.png


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

IndependentWorking Families Party

Republican Party Republican Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party James Clyburn Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party No candidates filed to run
Green Party Nammu Y Muhammad


June 12, 2012,, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

  • No candidates declared an intent to run

Green PartyGreen Party

7th Congressional District

Note: The top two candidates in each party advanced to a runoff election on June 26, 2012.

General election candidates

Democratic Party Gloria Bromell Tinubu[4]
Republican Party Tom Rice[4] Green check mark transparent.png

June 26, 2012, Run-off election candidates

Democratic Party Independent Gloria Bromell Tinubu Approveda
Democratic Party Preston Brittain
Republican Party Tom Rice Approveda
Republican Party Andre Bauer


June 12, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note:While Gloria Bromell Tinubu was initially declared the winner, on June 22, 2012, a Horry County judge decided that there would be a run-off election to decide the winner of the Democratic primary. Tinubu ran against the other top vote getter in the June 12 primary, Preston Brittain.[4]
Note: Ted Vick withdrew prior to the primary.[6]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Mande Wilkes and Edward Karabees withdrew prior to the primary.[11]

IndependentWorking Families Party

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