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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.
District Profile from Politics in America
A black-majority district designed to take in African-American areas in Columbia, Charleston and elsewhere in South Carolina, the 6th includes all or part of 15 counties in the eastern half of the state, starting near the North Carolina border and reaching the southeastern coast. Taking in some of South Carolina's poorest counties, the 6th has the state's lowest median household income, although it also includes historically black South Carolina State University and other institutions of higher learning.
In the rural portions of the district, many families depend on tobacco, corn, cotton and related agribusiness. These regions have low education levels and sustained high unemployment rates. Economic downturns have further hurt traditional mainstay employment sources, such as the textile industry.
Monster Worldwide, an online job recruitment and career resources firm, and H.J. Heinz have facilities in the mostly middle-class Florence (shared with the 5th District), and Calhoun County now hosts a Starbucks roasting plant. A new Boeing 787 assembly plant near the Charleston International Airport (in the adjacent 1st) is expected to begin production and bring thousands of manufacturing jobs to the Lowcountry.
The 6th's portion of Columbia includes the state Capitol complex, and the state's flagship university, the University of South Carolina. State and local government agencies provide area jobs, while private sector employment in health care has expanded. In the coastal parts of the 6th, maritime industries and tourism support the economy.
The 6th supports Democratic candidates at all levels. Its black-majority areas -- including its shares of Columbia and North Charleston, which are more than 60 percent black -- make the 6th a Democratic lock.
Agriculture, government, higher education, tourism
Columbia (pt.), 58,122; Florence (pt.), 32,885; North Charleston (pt.), 30,874; Charleston (pt.), 25,388; Sumter (pt.), 19,476
Clarendon County (pop. 34,971) can claim five South Carolina governors, all related to each other.
|2010||general||James Clyburn (D)||125,459||62.9%|
|Jim Pratt (R)||72,661||36.4%|
|Nammu Muhammad (GREEN)||1,389||0.7%|
|2008||general||James Clyburn (D)||193,378||67.5%|
|Nancy Harrelson (R)||93,059||32.5%|
|2006||general||James Clyburn (D)||100,213||64.4%|
|Gary McLeod (R)||53,181||34.2%|
|Antonio Williams (GREEN)||2,224||1.4%|
|2004||general||James Clyburn (D)||161,987||67%|
|Gary McLeod (R, C)||79,600||32.9%|
|2002||general||James Clyburn (D)||115,855||67%|
|Gary McLeod (R)||55,490||32.1%|
|R. Augenstein (LIBERT)||1,662||1%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 64%||John McCain: 35%|
|2004||John Kerry: 61%||George W. Bush: 39%|
|2000||Al Gore: 59%||George W. Bush: 40%|