United States presidential elections in South Carolina

Following is a table of United States presidential elections in South Carolina, ordered by year. Since its admission to statehood in 1788, South Carolina has participated in every U.S. presidential election except the election of 1864 during the American Civil War, when the state had seceded to join the Confederacy.

Winners of the state are in bold.

Presidential elections in South Carolina
Map of the United States with South Carolina highlighted
No. of elections57
Voted Democratic30
Voted Republican15
Voted Whig2
Voted Democratic-Republican7
Voted other4[a]
Voted for winning candidate33
Voted for losing candidate24

Elections from 1864 to present

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Percent Loser (nationally) Votes Percent Other national
candidates[b]
Votes Percent Electoral
Votes
Notes
2016 Donald Trump 1,155,389 54.94 Hillary Clinton 855,373 40.67 - 9
2012 Barack Obama 865,941 44.09 Mitt Romney 1,071,645 54.56 - 9
2008 Barack Obama 862,449 44.90 John McCain 1,034,896 53.87 - 8
2004 George W. Bush 937,974 57.98 John Kerry 661,699 40.90 - 8
2000 George W. Bush 785,937 56.84 Al Gore 565,561 40.90 - 8
1996 Bill Clinton 504,051 43.85 Bob Dole 573,458 49.89 Ross Perot 64,386 5.60 8
1992 Bill Clinton 479,514 39.88 George H. W. Bush 577,507 48.02 Ross Perot 138,872 11.55 8
1988 George H. W. Bush 606,443 61.50 Michael Dukakis 370,554 37.58 - 8
1984 Ronald Reagan 615,539 63.55 Walter Mondale 344,470 35.57 - 8
1980 Ronald Reagan 441,207 49.57 Jimmy Carter 427,560 48.04 John B. Anderson 14,150 1.59 8
1976 Jimmy Carter 450,825 56.17 Gerald Ford 346,140 43.13 - 8
1972 Richard Nixon 478,427 70.58 George McGovern 189,270 27.92 - 8
1968 Richard Nixon 254,062 38.09 Hubert Humphrey 197,486 29.61 George Wallace 215,430 32.30 8
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson 215,700 41.10 Barry Goldwater 309,048 58.89 - 8
1960 John F. Kennedy 198,129 51.24 Richard Nixon 188,558 48.76 - 8
1956 Dwight D. Eisenhower 75,700 25.18 Adlai Stevenson II 136,372 45.37 T. Coleman Andrews/
Unpledged Electors[c]
88,511 29.45 8
1952 Dwight D. Eisenhower 168,082 49.28 Adlai Stevenson II 173,004 50.72 - 8
1948 Harry S. Truman 34,423 24.14 Thomas E. Dewey 5,386 3.78 Strom Thurmond 102,607 71.97 8
1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt 90,601 87.64 Thomas E. Dewey 4,610 4.46 - 8
1940 Franklin D. Roosevelt 95,470 95.63 Wendell Willkie 4,360 4.37 - 8
1936 Franklin D. Roosevelt 113,791 98.57 Alf Landon 1,646 1.43 - 8
1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt 102,347 98.03 Herbert Hoover 1,978 1.89 - 8
1928 Herbert Hoover 5,858 8.54 Al Smith 62,700 91.39 - 9
1924 Calvin Coolidge 1,123 2.21 John W. Davis 49,008 96.56 Robert M. La Follette Sr. 620 1.22 9
1920 Warren G. Harding 2,610 3.91 James M. Cox 64,170 96.05 - 9
1916 Woodrow Wilson 61,846 96.71 Charles E. Hughes 1,550 2.42 - 9
1912 Woodrow Wilson 48,357 95.94 Theodore Roosevelt 1,293 2.57 William H. Taft 536 1.06 9
1908 William H. Taft 3,945 5.94 William Jennings Bryan 62,288 93.84 - 9
1904 Theodore Roosevelt 2,554 4.63 Alton B. Parker 52,563 95.36 - 9
1900 William McKinley 3,579 7.04 William Jennings Bryan 47,233 92.96 - 9
1896 William McKinley 9,313 13.51 William Jennings Bryan 58,801 85.3 - 9
1892 Grover Cleveland 54,680 77.56 Benjamin Harrison 13,345 18.93 James B. Weaver 2,407 3.41 9
1888 Benjamin Harrison 13,736 17.17 Grover Cleveland 65,824 82.28 - 9
1884 Grover Cleveland 69,845 75.25 James G. Blaine 21,730 23.41 - 9
1880 James A. Garfield 57,954 34.13 Winfield S. Hancock 111,236 65.51 James B. Weaver 567 0.33 7
1876 Rutherford B. Hayes 91,786 50.24 Samuel J. Tilden 90,897 49.76 - 7
1872 Ulysses S. Grant 72,290 75.73 Horace Greeley 22,699 23.78 - 7
1868 Ulysses S. Grant 62,301 57.9 Horatio Seymour 45,237 42.1 - 6
1864 Abraham Lincoln n/a n/a George B. McClellan n/a n/a - n/a No vote due to secession.

Election of 1860

The election of 1860 was a complex realigning election in which the breakdown of the previous two-party alignment culminated in four parties each competing for influence in different parts of the country. The result of the election, with the victory of an ardent opponent of slavery, spurred the secession of eleven states and brought about the American Civil War.

Year Winner (nationally) Votes Loser (nationally) Votes Loser (nationally) Votes Loser (nationally) Votes Electoral
Votes
1860 Abraham Lincoln no popular vote Stephen A. Douglas no popular vote John C. Breckinridge no popular vote John Bell no popular vote 8

Vote allocated by legislature.

Elections from 1788-89 to 1856

In all elections from 1792 to 1860, South Carolina did not conduct a popular vote. Each Elector was appointed by the state legislature.

The election of 1824 was a complex realigning election following the collapse of the prevailing Democratic-Republican Party, resulting in four different candidates each claiming to carry the banner of the party, and competing for influence in different parts of the country. The election was the only one in history to be decided by the House of Representatives under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution after no candidate secured a majority of the electoral vote. It was also the only presidential election in which the candidate who received a plurality of electoral votes (Andrew Jackson) did not become President, a source of great bitterness for Jackson and his supporters, who proclaimed the election of Adams a corrupt bargain.

Year Winner (nationally) Loser(s) (nationally) Electoral
Votes
Notes
1856 James Buchanan John C. Frémont
Millard Fillmore
8
1852 Franklin Pierce Winfield Scott
John P. Hale
8
1848 Zachary Taylor Lewis Cass
Martin Van Buren
9
1844 James K. Polk Henry Clay 9
1840 William Henry Harrison Martin Van Buren 11
1836 Martin Van Buren Willie Person Mangum
Three other candidates[d]
11 South Carolina was the only state to vote for Magnum.
1832 Andrew Jackson Henry Clay
John Floyd
11 South Carolina was the only state to vote for Floyd.
1828 Andrew Jackson John Quincy Adams 11
1824 John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson
Henry Clay
William H. Crawford
11
1820 James Monroe - 11 Monroe effectively ran unopposed.
1816 James Monroe Rufus King 11
1812 James Madison DeWitt Clinton 11
1808 James Madison Charles C. Pinckney 10
1804 Thomas Jefferson Charles C. Pinckney 10
1800 Thomas Jefferson John Adams 8
1796 John Adams Thomas Jefferson 8
1792 George Washington - 8 Washington effectively ran unopposed.
1788-89 George Washington - 7 Washington effectively ran unopposed.

Notes

  1. ^ Strom Thurmond, 1948; John Floyd, 1832; George Washington, 1788-89, 1792.
  2. ^ For purposes of these lists, other national candidates are defined as those who won at least one electoral vote, or won at least ten percent of the vote in multiple states.
  3. ^ Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
  4. ^ Three other candidates ran and received electoral votes nationally as part of the unsuccessful Whig strategy to defeat Martin Van Buren by running four candidates with local appeal in different regions of the country. The others were William Henry Harrison, Hugh Lawson White, and Daniel Webster. However, there was no popular vote in South Carolina, and this was the only state where Mangum was put forth as a candidate.
1792 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1792 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between November 2 and December 5, 1792 as part of the 1792 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

South Carolina, unanimously cast its eight electoral votes for incumbent George Washington during its first presidential election.

1796 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1796 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between November 4 and December 7, 1796, as part of the 1796 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, South Carolina cast nine electoral votes for former Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.

1800 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1800 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between October 31 and December 3, 1800, as part of the 1800 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, South Carolina cast eight electoral votes for incumbent Democratic-Republican Party candidate Vice President Thomas Jefferson.

1804 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1804 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between November 2 and December 5, 1804, as part of the 1804 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 10 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, South Carolina cast 10 electoral votes for Democratic Republican incumbent Thomas Jefferson.

1808 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1808 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between November 4 and December 7, 1808, as part of the 1808 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 10 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, South Carolina cast its 10 electoral votes to Democratic Republican candidate and Secretary of State James Madison.

1812 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1808 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between October 30 and December 2, 1812, as part of the 1812 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, South Carolina cast its 11 electoral votes to Democratic Republican candidate and incumbent President James Madison.

1816 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1808 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between November 1 to December 4, 1816, as part of the 1816 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

During this election, South Carolina cast its 11 electoral votes to Democratic Republican candidate and Secretary of State James Monroe.

1824 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1824 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place in 1824 as part of the 1824 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose 11 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

South Carolina cast 11 eleven electoral votes for Andrew Jackson. These electors were elected by the South Carolina General Assembly, the state legislature, rather than by popular vote.

1836 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1836 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place between November 3 and December 7, 1836, as part of the 1836 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose eleven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

South Carolina cast 11 electoral votes for the Whig candidate Willie Person Mangum. These electors were chosen by the South Carolina General Assembly, the state legislature, rather than by popular vote.

1848 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1848 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 7, 1848, as part of the 1848 United States presidential election. The state legislature chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for President and Vice President.

South Carolina cast 9 electoral votes for the Democratic candidate Lewis Cass. These electors were chosen by the South Carolina General Assembly, the state legislature, rather than by popular vote.

1876 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1876 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 7, 1876, as part of the 1876 United States presidential election. Voters chose seven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Republican nominee, Rutherford B. Hayes, over the Democratic nominee, Samuel J. Tilden. Hayes won the state by a very narrow margin of 0.48%, only 889 votes. This would be the last time a Republican presidential candidate would win South Carolina until Barry Goldwater carried the state in 1964. Had Tilden won South Carolina, he would have won the election

1880 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1880 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 2, 1880, as part of the 1880 United States presidential election. Voters chose seven representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, Winfield Scott Hancock, over the Republican nominee, James A. Garfield. Hancock won the state by a margin of 31.38%.

1888 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1888 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 6, 1888, as part of the 1888 United States presidential election. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, incumbent President Grover Cleveland, over the Republican nominee, Benjamin Harrison. Cleveland won the state by a landslide margin of 65.11%.

1896 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1896 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 3, 1896. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina overwhelmingly voted for the Democratic nominee, former U.S. Representative from Nebraska William Jennings Bryan, over the Republican nominee, former governor of Ohio William McKinley. Bryan won the state by a landslide margin of 71.79 percent.

1920 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1920 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 2, 1920, as part of the 1920 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, Governor James M. Cox of Ohio, over Republican nominee, Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio. Cox ran with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, while Harding ran with Governor Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts.

Cox won South Carolina by a landslide margin of 92.14%.

In the midst of a massive nationwide Republican landslide, South Carolina was a staggering 118.3% more Democratic than the national average.

1924 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1924 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 4, 1924, as part of the 1924 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, Ambassador John W. Davis of West Virginia, over the Republican nominee, incumbent President Calvin Coolidge of Massachusetts. Davis ran with Governor Charles W. Bryan of Nebraska, while Coolidge ran with former Budget Director Charles G. Dawes of Illinois. Also in the running that year was the Progressive Party nominee, Senator Robert M. La Follette of Wisconsin and his running mate Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana.

Davis won South Carolina by a landslide margin of 94.35 percent of the vote.

1928 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1928 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 6, 1928, as part of the 1928 United States Presidential Election which was held throughout all contemporary forty-eight states. Voters chose nine representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York, over the Republican nominee, Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover of California. Smith ran with Senator Joseph Taylor Robinson of Arkansas, while Hoover’s running mate was Senate Majority Leader Charles Curtis of Kansas.

Smith won South Carolina by a margin of 82.85 percent.

1932 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 1932 United States presidential election in South Carolina took place on November 8, 1932, as part of the 1932 United States presidential election which was held throughout all contemporary 48 states. Voters chose eight representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.

South Carolina voted for the Democratic nominee, Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York, over the Republican nominee, incumbent President Herbert Hoover of California. Roosevelt ran with incumbent Speaker of the House John Nance Garner of Texas, while Hoover's running mate was incumbent Vice President Charles Curtis of Kansas.

Roosevelt won South Carolina by a landslide margin of 96.14 percent, carrying every county in the state.

2020 United States presidential election in South Carolina

The 2020 United States presidential election in South Carolina is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. South Carolina voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of South Carolina has 9 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of January 2019, Donald Trump is the declared Republican candidate, and state representatives of the Republican party have indicated interest in suspending the Republican primary process in the state to favor him, which the state previously did for George W. Bush in 2004. Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is considered to be a potential primary opponent for Trump, although as of January 2019 she has endorsed his candidacy and declined to run against him. Mark Sanford, also a former South Carolina governor, and a Republican similarly declined.A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders are among the major declared candidates. Additionally, Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.

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