Politics in the State of South Carolina
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND STATE POLITICS
Senators from the
State of South Carolina
Lindsey Graham (R)
Jim DeMint (R)
United States Representatives from the State of South Carolina
Total number of Representatives: 6
Republican Party: 5
Democratic Party: 1
Governor of the State of South Carolina
Nikki Haley (R)
State Senate of the State of South Carolina
Total number of Senators: 46
Republican Party: 27
Democratic Party: 19
State House of the State of South Carolina
Total number of
Republican Party: 75
Democratic Party: 48
PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND STATE POLITICS
Presidential Election 2012
Electoral College as is presently constituted has 538 members. The
State of South Carolina is allotted 9 electoral votes. Being a
winner-takes-all state, the winning candidate in South Carolina will
receive all 9 electoral votes.
U.S. House of Representatives Election in South Carolina, 2012
The State of South Carolina gained one additional congressional seat consequent to the 2010 United States census.
Because of it's past history of racial discrimination, South Carolina need the approval of either the Department of Justice or the federal District Court for the District of Columbia before it could make any changes to voting lines. The map was cleared by the DOJ in October 2011.
The primary election was held on June 12, 2012 and the necessary runoffs were concluded on June 26, 2012.
Timothy Scott [R] Incumbent
Joe Wilson [R] Incumbent
Jeff Duncan [R] Incumbent
Trey Gowdy [R] Incumbent
Mick Mulvaney [R] Incumbent
James Clyburn [D] Incumbent
Tom Rice [R]
Are Super Pac Ads Fair ?[01-13-2012]
Every type of media in South Carolina - TV; Radio; Newspapers; Newsletters; - are full of political ads - mostly negative - and are being paid by Super Pacs supporting one candidate or another.
This started big time in Iowa by a super pac called Restore Our Future, supporting Governor Romney. These ads targeted former speaker Gingrich, and were severely negative. everyone interested in presidential politics now agree that these ads were primarily responsible for destroying Mr. Gingrich's chances of winning in Iowa. The trend continued in New Hampshire, except that during the last four or five days before the primary, a super pac supporting Mr. Gingrich started a negative ad campaign against Mr. Romney. These ads did not adversely affect Mr. Romney. Maybe there wasn't enough time for them to have any effect. Whatever the reason, Mr. Romney won big.
Now we are in South Carolina. And some supporters of Mr. Romney in high positions in the Republican party are criticizing Mr. Gingrich for the negative ads against Mr. Romney by the super pacs supporting Mr.Gingrich.
When the negative ads against Mr. Gingrich cluttered the airwaves in Iowa and New Hampshire, no one in the GOP asked Mr. Romney to stop those negative ads. But, Mr. Gingrich himself did. He requested Mr. Romney in rallies and in TV interviews to get the super pac to stop the negative ads. Mr. Romney's response was that he had no control over the super pac supporting him. He said that he possibly cannot have any connections with the super pac, and that, if he did, he will end up in the "Big House." , i.e. meaning jail.
As of today, Mr. Gingrich has made no indication that he is going to hold back on the negative ads against Mr. Romney in South Carolina. Polls today indicate that the negative ads in South Carolina are affecting Mr. Romney adversely. Whether it continues or not remains to be seen.
Following are a few comments by prominent GOPers:-
Sarah Palin - Governor Romney claims to have made 100,000 jobs. Asking for some proof of that is not unfair.
Rick Perry - When people kick workers out of jobs to make a quick buck, questions have to be answered.
Rudy Guliani - Attacks against Romney are "Ignorant and dumb."
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint - Gingrich does not still appear to be in the game.
Gingrich - "Shocked at how defensive" Romney Camp is.
Gingrich - South Carolina is going to be Armageddon.
[References: MSNBC; CNN; and Fox News TV, 01-12-2012:
New York Times, 12 - 31 - 2011 - Nicholas Confessore and Jim Rutenberg- PAC Ads Rip at Gingrich As Romney Stands Clear: Retrieved on 01-13-2012]
South Carolina New Voting Act Blocked