Prior to 1865, the Governor of South Carolina was chosen by the General Assembly. The Constitution of South Carolina provided for the voters of South Carolina to choose the governor; James Lawrence Orr was the first elected governor of South Carolina. The following is a list of gubernatorial election results for the state of South Carolina:
== Results ==
== Statistics ==
=== Firsts ===
The gubernatorial election of 1865 was the first gubernatorial election of South Carolina.
The gubernatorial election of 1896 was the first gubernatorial election that featured the use of a primary election.
The gubernatorial election of 1898 was the first gubernatorial election that featured the use of a runoff election.
=== Votes ===
There have been 51 gubernatorial elections in South Carolina.
Democrats have won 40 of the 47 (85%) elections that they nominated a candidate.
Republicans have won 10 of the 18 (56%) elections that they nominated a candidate.
James Lawrence Orr won with the smallest margin of victory in the gubernatorial election of 1865: 743.
The gubernatorial election of 1926 had the lowest vote: 16,589.
The gubernatorial election of 2018 had the largest vote: 1,705,506.
=== Unique politicians ===
Only three governors have been defeated for reelection: Daniel Henry Chamberlain in 1876, David Beasley in 1998 and Jim Hodges in 2002.
Coleman Livingston Blease has made the most attempts for governor (8): 1906, 1908, 1910, 1912, 1916, 1922, 1934 and 1938. He was successful in 1910 and 1912.
== See also ==
Governor of South Carolina
List of Governors of South Carolina
== External links ==
SCIway List of South Carolina Governors in Chronological Order