South Carolina

updated 11:20 PM 6th Mar 2020
Pledged Delegates
Super Delegates
Date of PrimaryFebruary 29, 2020
Delegate Allocation: Proportional
Total delegates at stake: 63
South Carolina’s Democratic primary will take place on February 29. The state’s Republican Party canceled its primary, and all delegates are expected to be allocated to Donald Trump. In the 2016 general election, Trump won the state with 54.9% of the vote, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 40.7%. South Carolina is a Republican stronghold. Once part of the old Democratic “Solid South,” the Palmetto State has voted Republican in 13 of the last 14 presidential elections. The sole exception came in 1976, when the state supported Jimmy Carter. Rep. Mark Sanford was one of two GOP incumbents in the nation to lose their primaries in 2018, losing to Kate Arrington by 5 percentage points. In the past few decades, manufacturing and tourism have become major industries in South Carolina. Since 2010, the state has grown by 7.3%, with the fast growth in coastal areas and in the suburbs just over the state line from Charlotte, North Carolina. Central South Carolina, including the capital of Columbia, has the state’s largest African American population and votes the most Democratic. Republicans are strong in the rest of the state, especially in the northwest corner. African Americans composed 19% of South Carolina’s electorate in 2016, down from 25% in 2008.
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