For Immediate Release: 179 South Carolina Democrats Running to be National Delegates

For Immediate Release: 179 South Carolina Democrats Running to be National Delegates

Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Democratic Party is pleased to announce there are 179 Democrats running to be Delegates to the 2016 National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, which will be July 25-28, 2016.

The national Delegates will all be elected at the SCDP Convention on April 30, 2016 at the Columbia Convention Center. The list of the candidates for delegate is listed on our website and can be found by clicking here.

There are 75 males and 104 females running for the 35 Congressional District positions, 7 PLEO (Pledged Party Leaders and Elected officials), 11 At-Large Delegates and 4 Alternates.  South Carolina also has six unpledged Delegates who are DNC members, Party Officers, former DNC Chairman and Congressman Jim Clyburn for a total delegation of 63 Delegates.

Among the 179 candidates, the diversity of the Democratic Party is obvious with at least 19 youth candidates, 20 veterans, 14 LGBT candidates, 4 Hispanic candidates, 51 senior candidates and 18 disabled persons running for these positions.  There are 137 Clinton supporters running for 42 positions and 42 Sanders candidates running for 15 positions.

In keeping with the SC Democratic Party values and stated goals for the delegate selection process, the SCDP will make every effort to meet the Affirmative Action goals as outlined in the SCDP Delegate Selection Plan. The SCDP goals reflect the demographic composition of South Carolina Democrats.

Below is a breakdown by candidate, gender and category:

Clinton Sanders Totals
Congressional District Male Female Male Female
CD1 2 1 1 1 5
CD2 1 2 1 1 5
CD3 1 1 0 1 3
CD4 2 1 1 0 4
CD5 2 2 0 1 5
CD6 3 4 1 0 8
CD7 1 3 0 1 5
At Large

8 total

3 total

At Large Alternate

3 total

1 total


5 total

2 total


6 Unpledged Delegates


1.     The gender division of  At-Large delegates and alternates will be determined after the PLEO delegates are elected.

2.    PLEO Delegates  are not divided evenly between genders but both women and African Americans must be included in each candidate’s delegates.

3.    Unpledged Delegates in SC include 2 African American males and 1 African American female and 2 Caucasian males and 1 Caucasian female.

In keeping with the goals of inclusiveness and the rules of the delegate selection process, the party has set the following demographic goals for the ultimate composition of our convention delegation— determined by demographic percentages within the Democratic electorate in South Carolina:

% in Democratic Electorate Numeric Goals for Delegation
African Americans 57% 35
Hispanics <1% 1
LGBT Americans   5% 3
Persons with Disabilities <1% 1
Youth 7% 4

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Source: SCDP
For Immediate Release: 179 South Carolina Democrats Running to be National Delegates

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