United States presidential elections in South Carolina

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Presidential elections in South Carolina
Map of the United States with South Carolina highlighted
No. of elections 57
Voted Democrat 30
Voted Republican 15
Voted Whig 2
Voted Democratic-Republican 7
Voted other 4[a]
Voted for winning candidate 33
Voted for losing candidate 24

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.

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 1,143,611 54.90 Hillary Clinton 849,469 40.80 - - 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
States’ Rights
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[c]
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. ^ 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.
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