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.
|Number of elections||58|
|Voted for winning candidate||33|
|Voted for losing candidate||25|
Winners of the state are in bold. The shading refers to the state winner, and not the national winner.
Elections from 1864 to presentEdit
|Year||Winner (nationally)||Votes||Percent||Runner-up (nationally)||Votes||Percent||Other national
|2020||Joe Biden||1,091,541||43.43||Donald Trump||1,385,103||55.11||—||9|
|2016||Donald Trump[c]||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[c]||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/
|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||620||1.22||9|
|1920||Warren G. Harding||2,610||3.91||James M. Cox||64,170||96.05||Parley P. Christensen||—||—||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[c]||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[c]||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 1860Edit
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||Runner-up (nationally)||Votes||Runner-up (nationally)||Votes||Runner-up (nationally)||Votes||Electoral|
|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 1856Edit
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.
- Strom Thurmond, 1948; John Floyd, 1832; George Washington, 1788-89, 1792.
- 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.
- Won the electoral college while losing the popular vote
- Was allied with a slate of unpledged electors in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina
- 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.
- "Presidential Election Results: Biden Wins". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
- 2016 official Federal Election Commission report.
- 2012 official Federal Election Commission report.
- 2008 official Federal Election Commission report.
- "Federal Elections 2004: Election Results for the U.S. President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives" (PDF). Federal Elections Commission. May 2005.
- "2000 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.
- "1996 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.