South Carolina 2022 Republican Party Primary Candidate Information

South Carolina has open primaries, meaning that anyone can vote in a political party’s primaries, even if they’re not a member of that party.  This results in so-called “cross-over” voters, or voters who normally vote for one party, but then “cross over” and vote in the primary of the other party.

Or in other words, Democrats can (and do) vote in Republican primaries, and Republicans can (and do) vote in Democrat primaries.

If you’ve never heard about this, you may be wondering why anyone would do that, and how much of an impact open primaries has.  The reason this happens is that many individuals want to influence the other party to move in their desired direction (typically not in the direction that the party itself wants to move) and so they will vote in the primaries in an attempt to select candidates for the other party that lean in their preferred direction.

To put it simply, Democrats will vote in the Republican primary to select more liberal candidates, while Republicans will vote in Democrat primaries to select more conservative candidates.

You may have heard the term RINO (Republican In Name Only) before, and if you’ve been wondering why some Republicans don’t adhere to the Republican platform, open primaries are one of the reasons.

In light of this, the Greenville County Republican Party has created a platform pledge and we have asked all candidates to sign this pledge to commit to the Republican platform and our ideals.  We’ve noted for you below which candidates have signed it, and which ones haven’t.

The GCRP also held a straw poll at the business meeting on June 6th, 2022, and we’ve included the poll results here.

How do I find out which elections I’m voting in?

SCVotes.gov has a form you can use to find out which precinct you’re in, and also to create a sample ballot for all the candidates running for the positions you can vote for.  Click the button below to go directly to that search form.

Where do I go to vote?

If you know what Precinct you’re in, you can find your polling location on this list.

Greenville County Straw Poll Results – June 6, 2022

Below you’ll see all the candidates running in the June 14th, 2022 Republican Primary, their results from the June 6th, 2022 GCRP Straw Poll, and whether they’ve signed the GCRP Platform Pledge.  You can also download this straw poll as a PDF.

Signed the GCRP Platform Pledge
Governor
Governor
Secretary of State
Secretary of State
Attorney General
Attorney General
State Superintendent of Education
State Superintendent of Education
Commissioner of Agriculture
Commissioner of Agriculture
US House of Representatives - District 4
Us House of Representatives - District 4
State House of Representatives - District 5
State House of Representatives - District 5
State House of Representatives - District 7
State House of Representatives - District 7
State House of Representatives - District 10
State House of Representatives - District 10
State House of Representatives - District 18
State House of Representatives - District 18
State House of Representatives - District 22
State House of Representatives - District 22
State House of Representatives - District 27
State House of Representatives - District 27
State House of Representatives - District 36
State House of Representatives - District 36
County Treasurer
County Treasurer
County Council - District 17
County Council - District 17
County Council - District 19
County Council - District 19
Jackie M. Clark
County Council - District 26
County Council - District 26
Straw Poll Results
Governor
Governor
6%

Winner
94%
Secretary of State
Secretary of State

Winner
87%
13%
Attorney General
Attorney General

Winner
85%
15%
State Superintendent of Education
State Superintendent of Education
6%
1%

Winner
51%
35%
1%
7%
Commissioner of Agriculture
Commissioner of Agriculture

Winner
89%
3%
8%
US House of Representatives - District 4
Us House of Representatives - District 4
21%

Winner
48%
27%
6%
State House of Representatives - District 5
State House of Representatives - District 5
4%

Winner
96%
0%
State House of Representatives - District 7
State House of Representatives - District 7

Winner
96%
4%
State House of Representatives - District 10
State House of Representatives - District 10

Winner
60%
4%
36%
State House of Representatives - District 18
State House of Representatives - District 18

Winner
89%
11%
State House of Representatives - District 22
State House of Representatives - District 22

Winner
95%
5%
State House of Representatives - District 27
State House of Representatives - District 27

Winner
74%
9%
6%
11%
State House of Representatives - District 36
State House of Representatives - District 36
2%

Winner
98%
County Treasurer
County Treasurer
10%

Winner
90%
County Council - District 17
County Council - District 17

Winner
98%
2%
County Council - District 19
County Council - District 19

Winner
63%
Jackie M. Clark
3%
20%
14%
County Council - District 26
County Council - District 26
17%

Winner
83%