South Carolina

South Carolina, one of the original 13 colonies, attained statehood in May 1788 and has participated in every presidential election except 1864, when it had seceded from the Union. Like many other southern states, South Carolina voted almost exclusively Democratic from the time of Reconstruction through the early 1960s, before turning Republican largely in response to civil rights legislation. South Carolina was one of only six states to vote for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and has voted Republican since, except in 1976 when it voted for fellow southerner Jimmy Carter. In 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 55% to 41%.

ELECTORAL VOTES

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2020 ELECTION

Recent Elections

2016
40.7% 54.9%
2012
44.1% 54.6%
2008
44.9% 53.9%
2004
41.0% 58.1%
2000
40.9% 56.8%

Voting History

State voted with the overall winning candidate

1972
R
1976
D
1980
R
1984
R
1988
R
1992
R
1996
R
2000
R
2004
R
2008
R
2012
R
2016
R

Electoral College Votes

Federalist
Democratic-Republican
Democratic
Independent
Republican
States' Rights Democratic

Colored bars represent electoral votes by party. Hover to see names. 2020 electoral votes shown in dark green until after the election.

An empty column indicates the state did not participate in that election.