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Results: McCain wins S.C. Republican primary | Obama wins big in Democratic primary
  • Sen. John McCain won the January 19 Republican primary despite a strong showing by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee among the evangelical Christian voters who dominated turnout.
  • Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson was in third, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
  • Sen. Barack Obama claimed a significant victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary on January 26, telling supporters "we are hungry for change."
  • The Illinois senator earned more than twice the vote that rival Sen. Hillary Clinton did, 55 percent to 27 percent, unofficial returns showed. Former Sen. John Edwards was third with 18 percent.
  • Full South Carolina Results | Democratic Scorecard | Republican Scorecard
Latest State Polls
Likely Democratic primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
Obama
38%
Clinton
30%
Edwards
19%
Undecided
13%
Likely Republican primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
McCain
33%
Huckabee
23%
Romney
20%
Thompson
13%
Giuliani
4%
Keyes
2%
Hunter
1%
Paul
1%
Unsure
3%
Democratic Poll: Sampling error +/- 5 percentage points. Based on 400 likely Democratic primary voters statewide. Mason-Dixon Polling and Research poll was conducted for McClatchy Newspapers and MSNBC January 22-23, 2008. The Republican poll: Sampling error +/-4 percentage points. Based on 600 likely Democratic primary voters statewide and 600 likely Republican primary voters statewide. American Research Group poll conducted January 15-16, 2008.
Demographics

4,012,012
Population
67.2%
White
29.5%
Black
0.3%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
0.9%
Asian
0.0%
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
1.0%
Mixed Race
1.0%
Other Race
$37,082
Median Household Income
14.1%
Percentage Income in Poverty, 1999
12.1%
Percentage Age 65 and Up
20.4%
Percentage with College Degree
2.4%
Percentage Hispanic
6.6%
Unemployment Rate as of 11/2006
The Associated Press
Past General Elections
2004 Bush (R) 58.0% Kerry (D) 40.9%
2000 Bush (R) 56.8% Gore (D) 40.9%
1996 Dole (R) 49.8% Clinton (D) 44.0%
1992 Bush (R) 48.0% Clinton (D) 39.9%
1988 Bush (R) 61.5% Dukakis (D) 37.6%
1984 Reagan (R) 63.6% Mondale (D) 35.6%
1980 Reagan (R) 49.4% Carter (D) 48.1%
1976 Carter (D) 56.2% Ford (R) 43.1%
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Past Highlights
DEMOCRATS
2004: Sen. John Edwards wins primary with 45 percent after campaigning as native son
1992: Bill Clinton scores solid win in last Democratic primary in South Carolina until 2004
1988: Jesse Jackson wins Democratic caucus in native South Carolina
REPUBLICANS
2000: George W. Bush puts brakes on John McCain's New Hampshire win with solid S.C. victory
1996: Bob Dole wins with 45 percent; nearest competitor is Pat Buchanan with 29 percent
1988: George H.W. Bush wins nearly half the vote; Dole places second with 20 percent
Primary Process
Eligible voters will go to the polls on their respective primary days -- January 19, 2008, for Republicans and January 26, 2008, for Democrats -- and cast ballots in their respective contests. Each party will use a formula to determine how to allocate delegates to their national conventions based on the outcome of the vote.
Current Government
Governor: Mark Sanford (R) next election 2010
Senator: Lindsey Graham (R) re-election 2008
Senator: Jim DeMint (R) re-election in 2010
U.S. House delegation: 2 Democrats, 4 Republicans
State Senate: 26 Republicans, 20 Democrats
State House: 73 Republicans, 51 Democrats
State Capital: Columbia
Local Media
Newspapers:
The State, Columbia
The Post and Courier, Charleston
The Greenville News
Anderson Independent Mail
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
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Conway: WPDE
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