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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

SOUTH CAROLINA

Race Summary

Governor    (1909 of 1912 precincts reporting)
Hodges (D) * 54%     Beasley (R) 46%    
Senate    (1909 of 1912 precincts reporting)
Hollings (D) * 53%     Inglis (R) 46%    
House 01    (309 of 310 precincts reporting)
Sanford (R) * 92%    
House 02    (311 of 311 precincts reporting)
Frederick (D) 41%     Spence (R) * 58%     Raiford (I) 1%    
House 03    (0 of 0 precincts reporting)
Graham (R) * 0%    
House 04    (256 of 257 precincts reporting)
Reese (D) 41%     Demint (R) * 58%    
House 05    (376 of 376 precincts reporting)
Spratt (D) * 58%     Burkhold (R) 41%    
House 06    (362 of 363 precincts reporting)
Clyburn (D) * 73%     McLeod (R) 26%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

GOVERNOR: Gov. David Beasley (R), first elected in 1994, is seeking a second term. Opposing him are state Rep. James H. Hodges (D) and Timothy Moultrie (I).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance

SENATE: Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D), first elected in 1966, is seeking a sixth term. His opponent is Rep. Bob Inglis (R).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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1998 POLLS

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POLL HOURS

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Sen. Strom Thurmond (R), first elected in 1954 as a Democrat, switched parties in 1964; next election in 2002.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (East; part of Charleston; Myrtle Beach):
    No Democratic candidate; Mark Sanford (inc.) (R)
  • CD2 (Central, south; Columbia suburbs; Hilton Head):
    Jane Frederick (D); Floyd D. Spence (inc.) (R)
  • CD3 (West; Anderson; Aiken):
    No Democratic candidate; Lindsey Graham (inc.) (R)
  • CD4 (Northwest; Greenville; Spartenburg):
    Glenn Gilbert Reese (D); Jim DeMint (R)
  • CD5 (North Central; Rock Hill):
    John M. Spratt (inc.) (D); Mike Burkhold (R)
  • CD6 (Central, south; Florence; parts of Columbia, Charleston):
    James "Jim" Clyburn (inc.) (D); Gary McLeod (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    June 9

    Primary results


    (June 23 runoff)

    Runoff results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    March 30


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 4

    To Watch:
    Amendment 4: Interracial marriage
    Amendment would remove a provision in the state Constitution making marriage between whites and blacks illegal.


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
    U.S. House of Representatives: 2 Democrats, 4 Republicans
    State Senate: 25 Democrats, 21 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 51 Democrats, 72 Republicans, 1 Independent


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: No elections this year; off-year elections, next in 1999
    House: All 124 seats up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 2,771,000 (1996)
    Registered Voters: (01/07/98) 1,974,353


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    8


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Dole won in 1996; Bush in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Carter in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Goldwater in 1964; Kennedy in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1976

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Dole 50%
    Clinton 44%
    Perot 6%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Bush 48%
    Clinton 40%
    Perot 12%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush 62%
    Dukakis 38%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 64%
    Mondale 36%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 49%
    Carter 48%
    Anderson 2%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1994:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 3,699,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 72.0%
    African American: 26.9%
    Asian: 0.6%
    Native American: 0.2%
    Other/Undeclared: 0.2%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 0.8% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Columbia
    State Nickname: Palmetto State

    Once upon a time the Palmetto State was a Democratic stronghold. Of the 99,000 South Carolinians who voted for president in 1940, 96 percent were members of the old coalition party brought together by Franklin D. Roosevelt, according to "Almanac of American Politics." But South Carolina has trended toward voting Republican in presidential elections, and the state is considered a solid Republican bastion in congressional and state legislative elections. In 1996, at the age of 93, Senior Sen. Strom Thurmond (R) became the oldest person ever to serve in Congress, and on May 25, 1997, he became the longest-serving senator in history. Thurmond was elected governor of the Palmetto State in 1946 as a Democrat, then ran for president in 1948 as a "States' Rights Democrat." Republican Gov. David Beasley was also a former Democrat.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    South Carolina Secretary of State
    http://www.state.sc.us/
    South Carolina Election Commission
    http://www.state.sc.us/scsec/
    South Carolina Gov. David Beasley's Home Page
    http://www.state.sc.us/db/
    South Carolina State Senate
    http://www.leginfo.state.sc.us/senateframe.asp
    South Carolina State House of Representatives
    http://www.leginfo.state.sc.us/houseframe.asp

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    Charleston WCIV
    http://www.wciv.com/home.html
    Columbia WOLO
    http://www.wolo.com/
    Florence/Myrtle Beach WBTW
    http://www.wbtw.com/

    State Newspapers

    Charleston Post and Courier
    http://www.charleston.net/
    The State -- Columbia
    http://www.thestate.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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