United States Senate election in South Carolina, 2008


United States Senate election in South Carolina, 2008

The 2008 South Carolina United States Senate election will be held on November 4, 2008. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is seeking a second term. He is opposed by Democratic nominee Bob Conley. The race has been rated "Safe Republican" by Congressional Quarterly.

Some of the positions that Graham has taken have put him at odds with his party and South Carolina constituents, and he was opposed in the Republican primary by Buddy Witherspoon, who Graham handily defeated on June 10th to secure the Republican nomination. On May 10th, the South Carolina Working Families Party held a statewide nominating convention and for the first time nominated a candidate for statewide office: Michael Cone. As South Carolina allows electoral fusion, Cone also ran to the Democratic Party nomination but lost to Conley.

The Working Familes Party failed to confirm the nomination of Cone to the South Carolina Electorial Commission by the ballot deadline of September 5, 2008. Therefore, Cone will not appear on the ballot and the election will be a two person contest between Conley and Graham. [ [http://www.scvotes.org/08GENNames.html Finalized list of candidates for 2008 General Election] ]

Democratic nominee

*Bob Conley, an American pilot, engineer, and politician.

Also Ran

*Michael J. Cone, a Charleston attorney

Republican nominee

*U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

Also Ran

*Dr. Walter “Buddy” Witherspoon, a state GOP Committeeman to the Republican National Committee

outh Carolina Working Families Party

*Michael J. Cone [http://www.ballot-access.org/2008/05/21/south-carolina-working-families-party-nominates/] (subsequently omitted from ballot on account of failure to confirm)

Polling

General Election

Republican Primary

Election Results

Republican Primary

Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Lindsey Graham
votes = 186,398
percentage = 66.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Buddy Witherspoon
votes = 92,547
percentage = 33.2
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 278,945
percentage =
change =

Democratic Primary

Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Bob Conley
votes = 73,793
percentage = 50.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Michael Cone
votes = 72,807
percentage = 49.7
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 146,660
percentage =
change =

General Election

Election box candidate with party link
party = Republican Party (United States)
candidate = Lindsey Graham
votes =
percentage =
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Democratic Party (United States)
candidate = Bob Conley
votes =
percentage =
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Election box majority
votes =
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Election box turnout
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ee also

*United States Senate elections, 2008
*United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2008

References

External links

* [http://www.scvotes.org/ South Carolina State Election Commission]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/election_congress_state.php?state_id=SC&go33.x=9&go33.y=11 U.S. Congress candidates for South Carolina] at Project Vote Smart
* [http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=senate-SC South Carolina, U.S. Senate] from CQ Politics
* [http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=294970 South Carolina U.S. Senate] from "OurCampaigns.com"
* [http://www.2008racetracker.com/page/SC-Sen South Carolina U.S. Senate race] from "2008 Race Tracker"
* [http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=SCS2&cycle=2008 Campaign contributions] from OpenSecrets.org
* [http://www.pollster.com/polls/sc/08-sc-sen-ge-gvc.php Graham (R-i) vs Conley (D)] graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
*"Official campaign websites"
** [http://www.bobconleyforsenate.com/ Bob Conley] , Democratic nominee
** [http://www.lindseygraham.com Lindsey Graham] , Republican nominee
** [http://www.carnesforsenate.com/ Tim Carnes] , Republican candidate
** [http://www.gowithcina.org/ John J. Cina] , Republican candidate
** [http://www.markmcbride.us/ Mark McBride] , Republican candidate
** [http://buddywitherspoon.com/ Buddy Witherspoon] , Republican candidate


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