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South Carolina Senate Race

Incumbent -- Jim DeMint (R) ; Running for re-election

Safe Republican
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Updated Oct. 14, 2010

Democrat Alvin Greene may be one of the most unusual political stories of the 2010 cycle, but that doesn't give him any more of a chance at knocking off DeMint.

Greene, a 32-year-old black Army veteran, came out of nowhere to upset Vic Rawl to win the Democratic nomination in June.

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But Greene, who is unemployed and lives with his father, is more of a political curiosity than a serious candidate. His long-shot campaign wasn't helped in August when he was indicted on a felony charge of showing pornography to a teenage student in a South Carolina college computer lab in 2009.

With millions in the bank, a favorable political environment and a growing national reputation as a conservative champion, DeMint has little to fear this fall.


State Information

U.S. Senate Delegation: 2 Republicans
U.S. House Delegation:

South Carolina's Other Senator

Sen. Lindsey Graham-R
First Elected: 2002 (2nd term)
Last Elected: 2008 (57.52%)

State Offices

Governor: Nikki R. Haley, R
First Elected: 2010 (1st term)
State House Control: Republican
State Senate Control: Republican

State Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 general Jim DeMint (R) 810,771 61.5%
Alvin Greene (D) 364,598 27.6%
Tom Clements (GREEN) 121,472 9.2%
2004 general Jim DeMint (R) 857,167 53.7%
Inez Tenenbaum (D) 704,384 44.1%
Patrick Tyndall (CNSTP) 13,464 0.8%
Rebekah Sutherland (LIBERT) 10,678 0.7%
Tee Ferguson (UC) 5,859 0.4%
Efia Nwangaza (GREEN, INDC) 4,383 0.3%
1998 general Ernest F. Hollings (D) 562,791 52.7%
Bob Inglis (R) 488,132 45.7%
Richard T. Quillian (LIBERT) 16,987 1.6%
1992 general Ernest F. Hollings (D) 591,030 50.1%
Thomas F. Hartnett (R) 554,175 46.9%
Mark Johnson (LIBERT) 22,962 1.9%
Robert Barnwell Clarkson II (AM) 11,568 1%
1986 general Ernest F. Hollings (D) 465,500 63.1%
1980 general Ernest F. Hollings (D) 612,554 70.4%
Marshall T. Mays (R) 257,946 29.6%
1974 general Ernest F. Hollings (D) 356,126 69.5%
1968 general Ernest F. Hollings (D) 404,060 61.9%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2012 + : :
2008 Barack Obama: 44.9% John McCain: 53.87%
2004 John Kerry: 41% George W. Bush: 58%
2000 Al Gore: 41% George W. Bush: 57%
+ Nearly complete, unofficial returns




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