The 2022 South Carolina gubernatorial election will take place on November 8, 2022, to elect the governor of South Carolina. Incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster took office on January 24, 2017 upon the resignation of Nikki Haley and was elected to a full term in his own right in 2018. He is running for re-election for a second full term in office and secured the Republican nomination in the June 14 primary. Joe Cunningham, former United States Representative from South Carolina’s 1st congressional district, is the Democratic nominee.[1]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Eliminated in primary

  • Harrison “Trucker Bob” Musselwhite, trucker and Chairman of Legislate Liaison Committee for the Greenville County Republican Party[4]
    • Running mate: Zoe Warren, filmmaker and editor-at-large for The Standard SC[5]

Withdrew

Declined

Endorsements

Henry McMaster
Executive Branch officials
U.S. Senators
Governors
Individuals
Organizations

Results

Primary results by county:

  McMaster
  •   70–80%
  •   80–90%
  •   90-100%
South Carolina Gubernatorial Republican Primary Election, 2022
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Henry McMaster (incumbent) 306,555 83.0%
RepublicanHarrison Musselwhite61,54516.7%
Total votes367,689 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Nominee

Eliminated in primary

Withdrew

  • Gary Votour, healthcare advocate and retired GIS mapper[25] (running under Labor nomination)[7][26]

Declined

Endorsements

Joe Cunningham
U.S. Senators
State representatives
Local officials
Organizations
Mia McLeod
State representatives

Results

Primary results by county:

  Cunningham
  •   30-40%
  •   40–50%
  •   50–60%
  •   60–70%
  •   70–80%
  •   80–90%
  McLeod
  •   40–50%
  •   50–60%
  •   70–80%
South Carolina Gubernatiorial Democratic Primary Election, 2022
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Joe Cunningham 102,315 56.5%
DemocraticMia McLeod56,08431.0%
DemocraticCarlton Boyd9,5265.3%
DemocraticWilliam Williams6,7463.7%
DemocraticCalvin McMillan6,2603.5%
Total votes180,931 100%

Lieutenant governor selection

After winning the primary, on July 18, Cunningham released a shortlist of potential running mates.[33] He announced Tally Parham Casey as his running mate on August 1.[34]

Chosen as running mate

Made shortlist

Declined

Independence primary

Candidates

Declared

  • Jokie Beckett Jr., veteran[7]
  • Michael Copeland[7]

Results

Independence primary results
PartyCandidateVotes%
IndependenceJokie Beckett Jr.
IndependenceMichael Copeland
Total votes

Independents and third parties

Candidates

Declared

General election

Predictions

SourceRankingAs of
The Cook Political Report[36]Solid RJuly 26, 2022
Inside Elections[37]Solid RJuly 22, 2022
Sabato’s Crystal Ball[38]Safe RJune 29, 2022
Politico[39]Solid RApril 1, 2022
RCP[40]Safe RJune 8, 2022
Fox News[41]Solid RMay 12, 2022
538[42]Solid RJuly 31, 2022

Endorsements

Henry McMaster (R)
Executive Branch officials
U.S. Senators
Governors
Individuals
Organizations
Joe Cunningham (D)
U.S. Senators
State representatives
Local officials
Organizations

Results

2022 South Carolina gubernatorial election
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican
Democratic
Libertarian
  • Morgan Bruce Reeves
  • Jessica Ethridge
Labor
  • Gary Votour
  • Harold Geddings III
Independence
  • TBD
  • TBD
Total votes N/A

Notes

References

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External links

Official campaign websites