South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010
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The South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on Nov. 2, 2010. The primary election was held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, yielding James Ken Ard as the Republican victor; he went on to defeat Democrat Ashley Cooper.
On June 22, 2010, a special run-off election was held for the Republican nomination. Incumbent office holder André Bauer ran for the governorship but lost his bid for the nomination, making the lieutenant governor's seat an open race. Following the primaries and conventions as well as the special run-off, Democrat Ashley Cooper and Republican James Ken Ard were on the ballot in November.
Ard emerged victorious and, along with fellow Republican Nikki Haley, the Governor-elect, took office in early 2011.
Poll hours on all election days were from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. The deadline for filing nomination papers passed on March 30.Oct. 2, 2010, was the last day to register to vote in the gubernatorial election.
South Carolina numbers among the 17 states that elects the governor and lieutenant governor on separate tickets. The major parties hold primary elections while third parties convene nominating conventions to name candidates to the ballots.
|The November Ballot – Who Made It? South Carolina Lieutenant Governor|
|James Ken Ard||Republican|
|This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and were officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.|
November 2, 2010 general election results
As of November 15, 2010, 100% of precincts had reported and results were official.
|2010 South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial general election|
|Democratic Party||Ashley Cooper||44.77%|
|Republican Party||James Ken Ard||55.16%|
- Ashley Cooper, an attorney specializing in energy policy, was unopposed in the primary.
- James Ken Ard, a business owner who began his political career on the Florence County City Council, placed first in the primary but not by a large enough margin to avoid a run-off; he won the ensuring contest decisively.
- Bill Connor, an attorney, forced a run-off with Ard, but ultimately lost his bid;
- Eleanor Kitzman, a businesswoman and former state insurance director; and
- Larry Richter, an attorney and Circuit Court judge.
- Christopher M. Mixon
June 22, 2010, Republican run-off
|2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Run-off|
|Ken Ard (R)||61.34%|
|Bill Connor (R)||38.66%|
|Total votes||338, 801|
June 8, 2010, primary
|2010 Race for Lieutenant Governor - Republican Primary|
|Ken Ard (R)||33.70%|
|Bill Connor (R)||27.38%|
|Eleanor Kitzman (R)||14.66%|
|Larry Rchter (R)||24.26%|
- Congressional Quarterly 2010 South Carolina gubernatorial race tracker
- South Carolina State Election Commission
- Follow the Money South Carolina 2010 Candidates
- The Green Papers, "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance"
- South Carolina State Election Commission, "Statewide Results", updated November 15, 2010 at 7:08, accessed November 15, 2010
- South Carolina Election Commission, 2010 Republican and Democratic, Lieutenant Governor”, last updated June 22, 2010
- South Carolina Election Commission, 2010 Republican and Democratic, Lieutenant Governor,” last updated June 22, 2010
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