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South Carolina Senate

Candidates

Bob Conley

Bob Conley (D)

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Lindsey Graham*

Lindsey Graham* (R)*

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleConley (D)Graham (R)Spread
SurveyUSA10/28 - 10/29654 LV3958Graham +19
SurveyUSA10/12 - 10/13561 LV4056Graham +16
Research 20009/22 - 9/24600 LV4251Graham +9
SurveyUSA9/21 - 9/22690 LV4054Graham +14
Rasmussen9/18 - 9/18500 LV4150Graham +9
PPP (D)7/9 - 7/11542 LV3254Graham +22

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 4,407,709 
Registered Voters: No party registration
Occupation: Blue Collar 30.4% | White Collar 54.2% | Gray Collar 15.3%
Race: White 66.1% | Black 29.4 % | Hispanic 2.4% | Asian 0.9%

Race Summary

Sen. Lindsey Graham\'s closest election in 2008 likely came and went in the June 10 GOP primary against Buddy Witherspoon, who accused Graham of being too liberal for the state. Graham had a strong showing, winning two-thirds of the vote.

The Democratic primary was far closer, with Bob Conley edging out Michael Cone after an official recount.

South Carolina has voted Republican in 10 of the last 11 presidential elections, the lone exception coming in 1976. Republicans hold the top three elected positions and four of the six House seats.

Previous Election Results

Senate
2004: DeMint (R) 54, Tenenbaum (D) 44
2002: Graham (R) 54, Sanders (D) 44
1998: Hollings (D) 53, Inglis (R) 46
1996: Thurmond (R) 53, Close (D) 44

President
2004: Bush (R) 58, Kerry (D) 41
2000: Bush (R) 57, Gore (D) 41
1996: Dole (R) 50, Clinton (D) 44