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South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2002
November 5, 2002
MarkSanfordOfficialPortrait.jpg Jim Hodges 20080928.jpg
Nominee Mark Sanford Jim Hodges
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 585,422 521,140
Percentage 52.9% 47.0%

Incumbent Governor
Jim Hodges

Mark Sanford

The 2002 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 2002 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. Mark Sanford, the Republican nominee, beat incumbent Democratic Governor Jim Hodges to become the 115th governor of South Carolina. Hodges became only the third incumbent governor in South Carolina defeated for reelection.


Democratic primary

Governor Jim Hodges faced no opposition from South Carolina Democrats and avoided a primary election.

Republican primary

The South Carolina Republican Party held their primary on June 11, 2002 and the runoff on June 25, 2002. The contest became a race between Lieutenant Governor Bob Peeler from the Upstate and Mark Sanford, a former representative of the 1st congressional district in the Lowcountry. Sanford received the support of the candidates eliminated from the runoff election and easily defeated Peeler.

Candidates Republican Primary[1] Primary Run-Off[2]
Candidate Votes % Votes % ±%
Mark Sanford 122,143 38.6 183,820 60.1 +21.5
Bob Peeler 119,026 37.6 121,881 39.9 +2.3
Charlie Condon 49,469 15.7
Ken Wingate 12,366 3.9
Jim Miles 8,566 2.7
Reb Sutherland 2,770 0.9
Bill Branton 1,915 0.6

General election

The general election was held on November 5, 2002 and Mark Sanford was elected as the next governor of South Carolina. Turnout was higher than the previous gubernatorial election because of the competitive nature of the race between the two parties.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark Sanford 585,422 52.9 +7.6
Democratic Jim Hodges 521,140 47.0 -6.3
No party Write-Ins 1,163 0.1 -0.1
Majority 64,282 5.9 -2.1
Turnout 1,107,725 54.1 +1.1
  Republican gain from Democratic
2002 South Carolina gubernatorial election map, by percentile by county.      65+% won by Sanford      60%-64% won by Sanford      55%-59% won by Sanford      50%-54% won by Sanford      50%-54% won by Hodges      55%-59% won by Hodges      60%-64% won by Hodges      65+% won by Hodges

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