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Just days before the primary, Federal Judge Cameron Currie rejected a last ditch effort to stop the vote on June 12. Five candidates who had been thrown off of the ballot, including former Senate candidates [[Tommie Reece]] and [[John W. Pettigrew, Jr.]], filed a request on June 11 in U.S. District Court in Columbia for a temporary restraining order.<ref name="SC">[http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/jun/11/lawsuit-filed-stop-sc-primary/?partner=popular ''Independent Mail'' "Federal judge will not stop Tuesday's S.C. primary," Accessed June 12, 2012</ref>
 
Just days before the primary, Federal Judge Cameron Currie rejected a last ditch effort to stop the vote on June 12. Five candidates who had been thrown off of the ballot, including former Senate candidates [[Tommie Reece]] and [[John W. Pettigrew, Jr.]], filed a request on June 11 in U.S. District Court in Columbia for a temporary restraining order.<ref name="SC">[http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/jun/11/lawsuit-filed-stop-sc-primary/?partner=popular ''Independent Mail'' "Federal judge will not stop Tuesday's S.C. primary," Accessed June 12, 2012</ref>
  
Ultimately, nearly 250 challengers were removed from the primary ballot. In one region, Anderson county, 15 of 23 challengers were deemed ineligible for the primary. Oconee County saw 11 of 13 challengers declared ineligible, which prompted a cancelation of the Republican primary there.<ref name="SC"/><ref>[http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/061112-ap-SC-primary-quieter-after-court-trims-candidates--4061679 ''Associated Press'' "SC primary quieter after court trims candidates," Accessed June 12, 2012</ref>
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Ultimately, nearly 250 challengers were removed from the primary ballot. In one region, Anderson county, 15 of 23 challengers were deemed ineligible for the primary. Oconee County saw 11 of 13 challengers declared ineligible, which prompted a cancellation of the Republican primary there.<ref name="SC"/><ref>[http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/061112-ap-SC-primary-quieter-after-court-trims-candidates--4061679 ''Associated Press'' "SC primary quieter after court trims candidates," Accessed June 12, 2012</ref>
  
 
Many candidates who were kicked off of the ballot attempted to gather enough signatures from voters to allow them to run as independents in the general elections on November 6.<ref>[http://www.thestate.com/2012/06/12/2313539/collecting-petitions-on-a-primary.html ''Collecting petitions on a primary day gone bust'' "The State," Accessed June 18, 2012.]</ref>
 
Many candidates who were kicked off of the ballot attempted to gather enough signatures from voters to allow them to run as independents in the general elections on November 6.<ref>[http://www.thestate.com/2012/06/12/2313539/collecting-petitions-on-a-primary.html ''Collecting petitions on a primary day gone bust'' "The State," Accessed June 18, 2012.]</ref>

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South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

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South Carolina State Senate2012 South Carolina House Elections
Elections for the office of South Carolina State Senate were held in South Carolina on November 6, 2012. A total of 46 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 30, 2012. The primary election day was June 12, 2012. The primary runoff took place on June 26, 2012.[1]

See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

South Carolina's 2012 legislative elections were marred by a series of events that eventually led to nearly 250 candidates being removed from the primary ballot. Here is a brief timeline of those events, followed by a detailed account of what happened.

  • March 30: Deadline for candidates to file a required statement of economic interest. Many candidates from both parties fail to do so.
  • Week of April 16: The State Ethics Commission gives candidates an additional 10 days to turn in the form. Democrats call the decision unfair while Republicans say that they are okay with it.
  • May 2: The South Carolina Supreme Court rules any candidate who did not file the form must be removed from the ballot. Calls for a rehearing are denied.
  • May 9: While the Senate attempts to pass legislation to allow challengers back on ballot, attorney Todd Kincannon requests a delay in the primary. Both efforts fail.
  • June 12: Primaries take place as scheduled.

Additional filing time

Candidates are required to file a statement of economic interest listing their job, salary, property and other financial information. A number of candidates on both sides of the aisle failed to file the form by the March 30 deadline. According to state law those candidates who do not file the form on time will not have their names on the ballot. The State Ethics Commission, however, said they would give an additional 10 days to turn in the form.[2]

Democrats called the decision unfair and considered suing. South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian said the issue is being raised because five Republicans who are challenging incumbent Democrats in the Senate and House failed to file the form. He stated,“The statute says you file the (statement of economic interest) disclosure form when you file, not a month after you are supposed to file. It’s abundantly clear. This is begging for more litigation.”[2]

Republicans said they were fine with the commission's decision.[2]

Candidate disqualification

On May 2, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that any candidate who had not filed the necessary statement of economic interest would be ineligible to run, and subsequently ordered the political parties to remove up to 100 candidates from the primary ballots. Several incumbent senators now found themselves unopposed. According to state law, parties were unable to reopen filing for the seats.[3]

On May 3, the South Carolina Republican Party, the state Democratic Party, and the State Elections Commission asked for a rehearing regarding the Supreme Court's decision. This request was denied, with the Court stating, "Our opinion...speaks for itself and stands as written. Accordingly, we deny the request for rehearing."[4]

The South Carolina Supreme Court is appointed by the legislature, and this had led to cries of incumbent protectionism by some. Mark Tompkins, a political science professor at USC, claimed, "The good ol' boys are winning again...this process feeds that story. It makes folks say, 'Gosh, the insiders have the edge in this process.'"[4]

The issue continued to change daily as the state's legislators and prospective challengers attempted to find a suitable resolution to the problem. According to the Charlotte Observer, nearly 200 candidates were removed from the ballot in total (more than originally thought), including 55 candidates for the state House and Senate. The Senate continued to try and pass legislation allowing many of the challengers back on the ballot, but the effort was severely complicated by stipulations in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that require any changes in South Carolina election law to be cleared with the U.S. Justice Department. Given the rapidly approaching June 12 primaries, a legislative solution was not able to be reached in time.[5]

On May 9, attorney Todd Kincannon, representing challenger Amanda Somers, requested a delay in South Carolina's primary. He claimed that a delay is necessary as a result of ballots sent to overseas voters and military members that only had federal races on them. Of the alleged violation, Kincannon said, "The ballots that they mailed out to military voters are not worth the paper they are printed on...Each and every one of them is illegal because they are all in violation of the Voting Rights Act."[6]

Just days later, Kincannon abandoned his efforts to reinstate nearly 200 candidates left off of the primary ballots, but continued the suit regarding partial ballots mailed overseas. A panel of three Federal judges is set to hear the attorney's argument on May 14.[7]

Just days before the primary, Federal Judge Cameron Currie rejected a last ditch effort to stop the vote on June 12. Five candidates who had been thrown off of the ballot, including former Senate candidates Tommie Reece and John W. Pettigrew, Jr., filed a request on June 11 in U.S. District Court in Columbia for a temporary restraining order.[8]

Ultimately, nearly 250 challengers were removed from the primary ballot. In one region, Anderson county, 15 of 23 challengers were deemed ineligible for the primary. Oconee County saw 11 of 13 challengers declared ineligible, which prompted a cancellation of the Republican primary there.[8][9]

Many candidates who were kicked off of the ballot attempted to gather enough signatures from voters to allow them to run as independents in the general elections on November 6.[10]

In South Carolina, candidates may get on the general election ballot by collecting signatures from at least 5 percent of a district's registered voters. The deadline to hand in petitions was July 16, with 13 candidates filing for the Senate and 31 filing for the House.[11]

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the South Carolina State Senate:

South Carolina State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 19 18
     Republican Party 27 28
Total 46 46


Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in South Carolina

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed new legislative maps in special session on June 15, 2011. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) signed them on June 28, 2011. Being a Voting Rights Act state, South Carolina was required to submit its maps to the Department of Justice, which pre-cleared the Senate map on November 14, 2011.[12] With the number of majority-minority districts reduced by one, the DOJ questioned the Senate beforehand over District 17, which the American Civil Liberties Union had wanted to be a black majority-minority seat.[13]

Incumbents retiring

A total of 6 incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Dick Elliott Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 28
Greg Ryberg Ends.png Republican Senate District 24
John Land Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 36
Phil Leventis Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 35
Phillip Shoopman Ends.png Republican Senate District 5
Ralph Anderson Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 7

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Thomas Alexander 29,957 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Larry Martin Approveda- Incumbent Martin first assumed office in 1992.
Note: Rex Rice was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Larry Martin 24,013 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Rex Rice Petition Candidate 13,164

District 3

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kevin Bryant 34,954 Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party William O'Dell 24,929 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Note: Incumbent Phillip Shoopman did not seek re-election. The state GOP re-opened the filing deadline in order to allow more candidates to file. Somers has filed suit to prevent the candidates from being allowed on the ballot.[14]

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: Wyatt Miler was removed from the ballot on June 7

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tom Corbin 33,491 Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: Tommie Reece Removed from the ballot on June 7

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Michael Fair 24,758 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tommie Reece Petition Candidate 10,808

District 7

Note: Incumbent Ralph Anderson (D) did not seek re-election.[15]

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Note: Ennis Fant was decertified from the ballot.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Karl Allen 21,964 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jane Kizer 11,535

District 8

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Note: Jeff Dishner was decertified from the ballot.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary runoff:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ross Turner 37,847 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Daniel Verdin 27,931 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Floyd Nicholson 20,249 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jennings McAbee, Sr. 17,577

District 11

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Glenn Reese Approveda Incumbent Reese first assumed office in 1990.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: Kerry Wood was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Glenn Reese 21,355 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kerry Wood Petition Candidate 8,635

District 12

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyWorking Families Party Henri Thompson 15,768
Republican Party Lee Bright 28,724 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Shane Martin Approveda Incumbent Martin first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Shane Martin 32,974 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Harvey Peeler 31,620 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Wes Hayes Approveda Incumbent Hayes assumed office in 1990.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Wes Hayes 29,306 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Joe Thompson Petition Candidate 10,049

District 16

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Greg Gregory 36,297 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Note: Al BellaVance was decertified from the ballot.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: Morgan Bruce Reeves was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Creighton Coleman 28,919 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Bob Carrison 14,872

District 18

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ronnie Cromer 39,083 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John L. Scott, Jr. 35,262 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Rikard 16,359
Republican Party John Courson 25,363 Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Scott West 1,158

District 21

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Darrell Jackson 31,996 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Joel Lourie Approveda Incumbent Lourie assumed office in 2004.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: Debra Langley Kennedy was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joel Lourie 35,001 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Jake Knotts Approveda- Incumbent Knotts assumed office in 2002.
Note: Katrina Shealy was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jake Knotts 14,298
Republican Party Katrina Shealy Petition Candidate 16,716 Green check mark transparent.png
Constitution Party David R. Whetsell 1,596

District 24

Note: Incumbent Greg Ryberg (R) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tom Young 36,107 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: John W. Pettigrew, Jr. was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Shane Massey 30,207 Green check mark transparent.png

District 26

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

Note: Perry Finch was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nikki Setzler 21,856 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Deedee Vaughters 14,246

District 27

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Vincent Sheheen 29,031 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Note: Incumbent Dick Elliott (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Butch Johnson 13,336
Republican Party Greg Hembree 26,905 Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gerald Malloy 30,472 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kent Williams 33,156 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Hugh Leatherman 31,613 Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Yancey McGill 34,985 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Luke A. Rankin 29,277 Green check mark transparent.png

District 34

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: Dick Withington was decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Raymond Cleary 38,928 Green check mark transparent.png

District 35

Note: Incumbent Phil Leventis (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary runoff:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Thomas McElveen 22,459 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tony Barwick 18,498

District 36

Note: Incumbent John Land (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Note: Eleazer Carter and Shaun C. Kent were decertified from the ballot.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin L. Johnson 25,637 Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Eleazer Carter Petition Candidate 1,138
Republican Party Leon Winn 12,111
Independent Shaun Kent Petition Candidate 4,136

District 37

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Larry Grooms 32,003 Green check mark transparent.png

District 38

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Sean Bennett 29,231 Green check mark transparent.png

District 39

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Matthews 35,945 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Brad Hutto Approveda Incumbent Hutto assumed office in 1996.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brad Hutto 35,803 Green check mark transparent.png

District 41

Note: District 41 is currently vacant.

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
Note: Wally Burbage, Sean Pike, and John Steinberger were decertified from the ballot.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul Tinkler 22,039
Republican Party Paul Thurmond 27,845 Green check mark transparent.png[16]

District 42

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • Robert Ford Approveda- Incumbent Ford assumed office in 1992.
Note: Master P. Bines and Frederick A. Fielding were decertified from the ballot.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Ford 30,064 Green check mark transparent.png

District 43

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Chip Campson 35,618 Green check mark transparent.png

District 44

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Note: Barbara McGowin was decertified from the ballot.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Paul G. Campbell, Jr. 25,928 Green check mark transparent.png

District 45

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Clementa Pinckney 26,825 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Leilani Bessinger 13,652

District 46

Democratic Party June 12 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 12 GOP primary:
  • Tom Davis Approveda Incumbent Davis was assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican Party Tom Davis 37,722 Green check mark transparent.png

See also

External links

References

  1. South Carolina Election Commission "2012 Calendar"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The State, "Democrats hit state’s decision allowing more time on election forms," April 17, 2012
  3. The State, "Up to 100 S.C. candidates ordered off June ballots," May 4, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 WISTV, "Supreme Court denies parties' request for rehearing," May 4, 2012
  5. Charlotte Observer, "SC senators attempting to put candidates on ballot," Accessed May 9, 2012
  6. Goupstate.com, "Attorney to ask for SC primary delay," Accessed May 9, 2012
  7. carolina live "3-judge panel hears arguments in SC election suit," Accessed May 14, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 [http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/jun/11/lawsuit-filed-stop-sc-primary/?partner=popular Independent Mail "Federal judge will not stop Tuesday's S.C. primary," Accessed June 12, 2012
  9. [http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/061112-ap-SC-primary-quieter-after-court-trims-candidates--4061679 Associated Press "SC primary quieter after court trims candidates," Accessed June 12, 2012
  10. Collecting petitions on a primary day gone bust "The State," Accessed June 18, 2012.
  11. Potential SC Petition Candidates Deadline Monday "WSPA," Accessed July 17, 2012
  12. [http://redistricting.scsenate.gov/SenatePlanDOJPreClearLtr2011.pdf South Carolina State Senate, DOJ pre-clearance letter, November 14, 2011.
  13. The Associated Press, "Federal officials question SC Senate redistricting," September 27, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
  14. Travelers Rest Tribune "S.C. Senator Phillip Shoopman will not seek re-election, Rep. Corbin to run for seat," April 5, 2012
  15. Greenville Online, "Sen. Ralph Anderson won't seek re-election," March 20, 2012
  16. Sfgate.com "Federal panel keeps Thurmond on SC Senate ballot," Accessed November 1, 2012