South Carolina Endorsements

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates look for endorsements from federal, statewide and local elected officials as well as former elected officials and prominent figures.  Some will be early endorsers, some late endorsers and some non-endorsers. 

updated February 12, 2020  
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U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham (CD-1)
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (CD-6)

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(all nine statewide elected officials are Republicans)




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Senate Democrats (46 seats: 27R, 19D) +  twitter
Name Position District - City/Town
Counties


Nikki Setzler
Minority Leader
26 - West Columbia
Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington, Saluda

John W. Matthews Jr.
Assist. Minority Leader
39 - Bowman
Berkeley, Calhoun, Colleton, Dorchester, Orangeburg 

Karl B. Allen

7 - Greenville
Greenville


Mike Fanning

17 - Great Falls
Chester, Fairfield, York


Dick Harpootlian

20 - Columbia
Lexington, Richland
BIDEN
05/06/19
Brad Hutto

40 - Orangeburg
Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, Orangeburg 

Darrell Jackson

21 - Hopkins
Richland
HARRIS > BIDEN
03/28/19
12/1719
Kevin L. Johnson

36 - Manning
Clarendon, Darlington, Florence, Sumter BIDEN 06/25/19
Marlon Kimpson

42 - Charleston
Charleston, Dorchester
BIDEN
01/06/20
Gerald Malloy

29 - Hartsville
Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee, Marlboro

Margie B. Matthews
45 - Charleston Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper

Thomas McElveen

35 - Sumter
Kershaw, Lee, Richland, Sumter
O'ROURKE
06/20/19
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Mia McLeod

22 - Columbia
Kershaw, Richland


Floyd Nicholson

10 - Greenwood
Abbeville, Greenwood, McCormick, Saluda

Glenn G. Reese

11 - Inman
Spartanburg


Ronnie A. Sabb

32 - Greeleyville
Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg


John L. Scott Jr.

19 - Columbia
Richland


Vincent Sheheen

27 - Camden
Chesterfield, Kershaw, Lancaster
BIDEN 09/08/19
Kent M. Williams

30 - Marion
Dillon, Florence, Horry, Marion, Marlboro

Mar. 26, 2019 Special Election in District 6 (Greenville) vacated by William Timmons (R), who was elected to Congress.  Dwight Loftis (R) def. Tina Belge (D) by 56% to 44%.

Senate: 6 endorsements...   (4/19)
BIDEN
HARRIS
O'ROURKE



Dick Harpootlian
Darrell Jackson*
Kevin L. Johnson
Marlon Kimpson
Vincent Sheheen
Darrell Jackson
Thomas  McElween



Sen. Darrell Jackson had endorsed Harris until she withdrew.


House Democrats (124 seats: 80R, 44D) +
Name Position District - City/Town
Counties


Todd Rutherford
Minority Leader
74 - Columbia
Richland


Russell L. Ott
Assist. Min. Leader 93 - St. Matthews
Calhoun, Lexington, Orangeburg
STEYER 11/07/19
Chandra E. Dillard
Dep. Min. Leader
23 - Greenville
Greenville


Cezar McKnight
Chief Min. Whip
101 - Lake City
Clarendon, Williamsburg
SANDERS
04/18/19
Roger Kirby
Dep. Min. Whip
61 - Lake City
Florence, Marion


Justin Bamberg
Minority Whip
90 - Bamberg
Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton
SANDERS 04/18/19
John R. King
Minority Whip
49 - Rock Hill
York
BOOKER
03/22/19
Terry Alexander

59 - Florence
Darlington, Florence
SANDERS 04/18/19
Carl L. Anderson

103 - Georgetown
Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg
BIDEN 06/25/19
Frank "Lucas" Atkinson

57 - Marion
Dillon, Horry, Marion


Jimmy C. Bales

80 - Eastover
Kershaw, Richland
BIDEN
05/06/19
Beth E. Bernstein

78 - Columbia
Richland
BIDEN 06/25/19
Wendy Brawley

70 - Hopkins
Richland, Sumter
WARREN
07/03/19
Robert Brown

116 - Hollywood
Charleston, Colleton
BIDEN 05/06/19
William "Bill" Clyburn

82 - Aiken
Aiken, Edgefield, Saluda
BIDEN 05/06/19
Gilda Cobb-Hunter

66 - Orangeburg
Orangeburg


L. Slade Funderburk

52 - Camden
Kershaw


Kambrell H. Garvin

77 - Columbia
Richland
WARREN
07/03/19
Wendell G. Gilliard

111 - Charleston
Charleston
SANDERS 04/18/19
Jerry N. Govan, Jr.

95 - Orangeburg
Orangeburg
STEYER
10/04/19
Christopher R. Hart

73 - Columbia
Richland


Jackie E. Hayes

55 - Dillon
Darlington, Dillon, Horry, Marlboro


R. Henderson-Myers

31 - Spartanburg
Spartanburg


Pat Henegan

54 - Bennettsville
Chesterfield, Darlington, Marlboro
HARRIS 03/28/19
Lonnie Hosey

91 - Barnwell
Allendale, Barnwell, Orangeburg


Leon Howard

76 - Columbia
Richland
SANDERS
06/06/19
Joe Jefferson

102 - Pineville
Berkeley, Dorchester
BIDEN 05/06/19
David J. Mack III

109 - North Charleston
Charleston, Dorchester
BIDEN 05/06/19
Annie E. McDaniel

41 - Winnsboro
Chester, Fairfield, Richland
BOOKER
04/18/19
JA Moore

15 - North Charleston
Berkeley, Charleston
HARRIS > BUTTIGIEG 03/28/19
Mandy Powers Norrell

44 - Lancaster
Lancaster


J. Anne Parks

12 - Greenwood
Greenwood, McCormick


Marvin Pendarvis

113 - North Charleston
Charleston, Dorchester
O'ROURKE > BiDEN
04/13/19
12/03/19
Robert Ridgeway III

64 - Manning
Clarendon, Sumter


Michael F. Rivers, Sr.

121 - Beaufort
Beaufort, Colleton
SANDERS
06/10/19
Loela C. Robinson-Simpson

25 - Greenville
Greenville
BOOKER
STEYER
04/18/19
12/23/19
Seth C. Rose

72 - Columbia
Richland


Krystle N. Simmons

117 - Ladson
Berkeley, Charleston
SANDERS 04/18/19
Leon Stavrinakis

119 - Charleston
Charleston


Ivory Torry Thigpen

79 - Columbia
Richland
SANDERS 04/18/19
J. David Weeks

51 - Sumter
Sumter


Will Wheeler III

50 - Bishopville
Kershaw, Lee, Sumter
BIDEN 06/25/19
Robert Q. Williams

62 - Darlington
Darlington, Florence
BIDEN
09/12/19
Shedron D. Williams

122 - Hampton
Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper
SANDERS 04/18/19
Oct. 1, 2019 Special Election n District 84 (Aiken Co.) after Rep. Ronnie Young (R) passed away.  Melissa Oremus (R) won with 97% of the vote, unchallenged.
Aug. 20, 2019 Special Election in District 19 (Greenville Co.) after Rep. Dwight Loftis (R) elected to the State Senate 
Patrick Haddon (R) defeated Carrie Counton (D). by 60.99% to 39.01%
April 23, 2019 Special Election in District 14 (Greenwood and Laurens Cos.) after Rep. Michael Pitts (R) resigned due to health reasons.  Stewart Jones (R) def. Garrett McDaniel (D) by 56.4% to 43.5%.

House: 25 active* endorsements...   (25/44 or 59%)
BIDEN (10)
BOOKER (2.5)
BUTTIGIEG (1)
SANDERS (9) STEYER (2.5)
WARREN (2)
Carl Anderson
Jimmy Bales
Beth Bernstein
Robert Brown
Bill Clyburn
Joseph Jefferson
David Mack III
Marvin Pendarvis*
Will Wheeler III
Robert Williams

John R. King
Annie E. McDaniel
Leola Robinson-Simpson*
JA Moore* Terry Alexander
Justin Bamberg
Wendell Gilliard
Leon Howard
Cezar McKnight
Michael F. Rivers, Sr.
Krystle Simmons
Ivory Thigpen
Sheldron Williams
Jerry N. Govan Jr.
Russell L. Ott
Leola Robinson-Simpson*

Wendy Brawley
Kambrell Garvin
3 inactive endorsements:





O'ROURKE (1) HARRIS (2)



Marvin Pendarvis Pat Hennegan
JA Moore




*O'Rourke ended his campaign on Nov. 1, 2019; Pendarvis endorsed Biden on Dec. 3. 
*Harris ended her campaign on Dec. 3, 2020; Moore endorsed Buttigieg on Feb. 12.

  Seeking clarification from Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson.

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