Eugene Platt

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Eugene Platt
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1
PartyGreen Party
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Eugene Platt was a 2013 Green Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[1] Platt was defeated by former governor Mark Sanford (R) in the general election on May 7, 2013.

He was a Green Party candidate for the District 115 in the South Carolina House of Representatives in the November 2, 2010 state legislative elections.



See also: South Carolina's 1st congressional district special election, 2013

Platt ran as a Green Party nominee for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina.[2] The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[3]

Shawn Pinkston ran in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Mark Sanford and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[4] The general election took place on May 7, 2013, in which Mark Sanford defeated Platt and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.[5][6]Ben Frasier is running in the Democratic primary against Elizabeth Colbert-Busch on March 19, 2013.[4]

Former Governor Mark Sanford was seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. This was also his former seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that he held for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[7]

The district leans Republican.[8] The last Democratic candidate elected was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[9]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 54% 77,600
     Democratic Elizabeth Colbert-Busch 45.2% 64,961
     Green Eugene Platt 0.5% 690
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 384
Total Votes 143,635
Source: South Carolina Election Board, "Official Special Election Results"


According to a poll released March 26, 2013 by Public Policy Polling, Colbert-Busch and Mark Sanford were neck and neck prior to the runoff primary election.[10] President of Public Policy Polling, Dean Debnam, described the race saying, “The South Carolina special looks like a toss up. The big question is how much Republicans will unify around their nominee after the runoff next week.”[10]

Following the runoff primary and heading into the general election, President of Public Policy Polling, Dean Debnam stated “Elizabeth Colbert Busch is now looking like a clear favorite in the special election. The only question is whether an extremely unpopular Sanford can find some way to make voters like her even less than him in the next two weeks.”[11]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election
Poll Elizabeth Colbert-Busch Mark SanfordEugene PlattMargin of ErrorSample Size
May 6, 2013
Public Policy Polling
April 19-21, 2013
Public Policy Polling
March 22-24, 2013
AVERAGES 47.67% 44% 3.33% +/-3.8 873.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2010

Platt was defeated by incumbent Anne Peterson Hutto (D) and Peter McCoy (R) in the November 2 general election.[12]

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