South Carolina Green Party
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South Carolina Green Party
South Carolina Green Party
Co-chairJessica Lazenby
Co-chairMichael Stewart
HeadquartersColumbia, South Carolina 29250
IdeologyGreen Politics
Civil libertarianism
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationGreen Party of the United States
International affiliationGlobal Greens
Federation of Green Parties of the Americas
Colors  Green
Local Offices2 (October 2020)[1]

The South Carolina Green Party is a ballot-qualified political party in the state of South Carolina. It is the state affiliate party of the Green Party of the United States.


The party had been the South Carolina affiliate of the Natural Law Party but was taken over by the Green Party after the Natural Law Party officially disbanded its national organization in 2002. The party has been ballot qualified throughout its affiliation with the Green Party.

Since its founding, the party has regularly participated in elections for state, local and national office, making a significant impact on the 2010 elections.

In 2020, Florence resident Angela Nicole Walker joined the Green Party to run as Howie Hawkins' running mate for President.




In May 2010, the party nominated Friends of the Earth regional coordinator Tom Clements to run for US Senate against incumbent Republican Jim DeMint and Democrat Alvin Greene.[2]

Clements raised more than $50,000 by mid-October.[3] Incumbent Jim DeMint reported more than $3 million raised to date. Democrat Alvin Greene reported no fundraising activities during the entire campaign. A Winthrop University poll conducted between October 5 and 10 with 741 likely South Carolina voters found Clements running second with 12.2% of the vote against 11.2% for Democrat Alvin Greene and 58.3% for incumbent Jim DeMint.[4][5]

Clements campaigned around the state from June through November 1, appearing at NAACP forums, stump meetings, editorial conferences and other public events. The campaign financed TV and radio advertisements in the Columbia, Charleston and Pee Dee regions during the two weeks prior to the election.

Clements received 121,472 in the final tally, 9.22% of the total 1,318,794 votes cast.[6] This is the best result for a candidate who was not a Democrat or Republican since Strom Thurmond won as a write-in candidate in 1954.[7] Clements' result also exceeds the previous best result for a progressive statewide candidate: Ralph Nader received 20,297 votes for President from South Carolina in 2000.[8]

Other notable results include the 1,186 votes earned by Eugene Platt running in SC House District 115. D.C. Swinton running in SC House District 24 as a Green/Democratic fusion candidate while a student at Winthrop University earned 3,390 votes or 25% of the total. Christopher Jones received 11.76% in a two-person race in SC House District 74. Leslie Minerd and Dorthea Bull each received around 2%. Gubernatorial candidate Morgan Reeves received 1.16%. Against local prosecutor Trey Gowdy and an array of right wing minor parties C. Faye Walter's vote in the 4th Congressional District was 1.18%. Robert Dobbs similarly earned about 1.16% running in the 1st Congressional district against six other candidates. Nammu Mohammed received about 1% of the vote against Democratic Congressional Whip Jim Clyburn of the 6th District.[9]

Presidential election results

Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader Not on ballot
2000 Ralph Nader[10] 20,279 (1.47%)
2004 David Cobb 1,488 (0.10%)
2008 Cynthia McKinney 4,461 (0.23%)
2012 Jill Stein 5,446 (0.28%)
2016 Jill Stein 12,945 (0.62%)
2020 Howie Hawkins TBA

See also


  1. ^ "Greens in Office".
  2. ^ Activist going Green to target DeMint The State newspaper, August 8, 2010
  3. ^ "2010 House and Senate Campaign Finance for South Carolina". Retrieved 2010.. Next F.E.C. reports are due October 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Winthrop Poll Shows Haley Ahead and Other Opinions by S.C. Voters Winthrop Poll, October 13, 2010
  5. ^ Winthrop Poll Shows Haley Ahead and Other Opinions by S.C. Voters Winthrop Poll Questions and Answers. Page 2. October 13, 2010
  6. ^ "2010 General Election RSS : South Carolina State Election Commission". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "1954 Senatorial General Election Results - South Carolina". October 8, 2012. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "2000 Presidential General Election Results - South Carolina". Archived from the original on December 3, 2008.
  9. ^ "2010 General Election RSS : South Carolina State Election Commission". Retrieved .
  10. ^ In 2000, Nader was the nominee of the United Citizens Party in South Carolina and the Green Party of the United States nationally

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