Incumbents ahead in raising money

November 4, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County’s two congressional races have a million-dollar disparity in funds.

According to records of the Federal Election Commission’s website, Republican incumbent Tom Rice, South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District representative, has $1.12 million in cash on hand. His Democratic opponent, Robert Williams, had $2,264 in funds on hand as of mid-October. The difference between the candidates’ funds is $1.18 million.

In Congressional District 6, Democrat James “Jim” Clyburn has an advantage of more than $1 million over Gerhard Gressmann, his Republican opponent. According to the Federal Election Commission, Clyburn, the House assistant minority leader, has $1.04 million in cash on hand. Gressmann has $7,858 on hand as of Oct. 17.

Florence County is split between the Sixth and Seventh Congressional District. Most of the county belongs in the Seventh District, which also includes all of Chesterfield, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marlboro and Marion counties. A portion of southern Florence County is in the Sixth District, which also includes all of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Clarendon, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Williamsburg Counties and parts of Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter counties.


Republican Henry McMaster, who is running for a full term in office, had $611,693.25 in cash on hand as of his pre-election filing. James Smith, the Democrat running against McMaster, hds $362,347.65 in cash on hand. The difference in funds between the two is $249,345.60 in favor of McMaster.

Attorney general

Alan Wilson, the Republican incumbent, holds nearly a $300,000 lead in cash on hand over his Democratic opponent, Constance Anastopoulo. According to the South Carolina Election Commission, Wilson has $324,917.06 in cash on hand. Anastopoulo has $37,299.72 in cash on hand. Also, Anastopoulo appears to have taken out nearly $500,000 in loans to support her campaign.

The office of attorney general is created by the South Carolina Constitution. The attorney general is charged with being the chief prosecutor of the state and assisting the governor in ensuring that the laws of the state are faithfully executed.

Secretary of state

Democrat Melvin Whittenburg is close to tripling Republican incumbent Mark Hammond’s cash on hand. According to the South Carolina Election Commission, Whittenburg has $45,363.80 in cash on hand and Hammond has $16,177.89. However, Whittenburg appears to have taken out $42,184 in loans during his campaign.

State treasurer

Republican incumbent Curtis Loftis has more than $140,000 more in cash on hand than his Democratic opponent, Rosalyn Glenn. According to the election commission, Loftis has $162,718.45 and Glenn has $20,374.86 in cash on hand.

State treasurer is one of seven constitutionally created positions in the Palmetto State. The office provides manages the finances of the state government.

Superintendent of education

The difference in cash on hand between Republican incumbent Molly Spearman and Democratic challenger Dr. Israel Romero is not known. Romero did not file pre-election campaign disclosure with the election commission. Romero was serving a felony sentence in 2008, casting doubt on his ability to run for the position. Another state newspaper was unable to substantiate one of his claimed degrees.

South Carolina Code appears to require candidates to file a campaign report. There also appear to be penalties associated with a failure to do so.

According to the Code of Laws of South Carolina, the superintendent is tasked with serving as secretary and administrative officer to the South Carolina Board of Education, generally supervising the use of state and federal school funds, organizing and administering the South Carolina Department of Education and informing the public about the problems and needs of the public school system.

S.C. House races

In House District 63, Republican incumbent Jay Jordan holds more than 33 times the amount of cash on hand as his Democratic opponent, Mike Brank. Jordan holds $50,021.40 in cash on hand while Brank has $1,510.09.

In House District 60, Republican incumbent Phillip Lowe holds $135,175.16 in cash on hand.

In House District 62, Republican challenger Billy Baldwin holds $650 in cash on hand.

Democrat Robert Williams, who holds the House District 62 seat, and Democrat Devon Long, who is challenging Lowe in House District 60, did not file campaign disclosures with the South Carolina Election Commission.

House District 60 includes western Florence and southeastern Darlington counties. House District 62 includes central Darlington County, including the city of Darlington and a small part of Hartsville and two small portions of western Florence County, including Timmonsville.

Probate judge

Republican candidate Jesse Cartrette Jr. holds more than four times more cash than his Democratic opponent, Rebecca McGill. Cartrette holds $2,788.69 in cash, and McGill holds $625.54 in cash.

Probate judges perform the powers granted to the probate court under Title 62 of the South Carolina Code. Those powers include the administration of trusts and estates, petitions for guardianships or conservatorships, gifts made under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act, marriage licenses and involuntary commitments. Probate courts also might be involved in wrongful death and survival actions as well as interpreting martial agreements, the determination of paternity and interpreting common-law marriages.