Incumbent Republican Governor Mark Sanford is running for re-election against Democratic State Senator Tommy Moore. If Sanford is successful, he would be only the second Republican governor in South Carolina to win a second term.
Sanford’s campaign for re-election includes three major issues, the main one being the restructuring of state government. He wants to reduce the number of statewide elected officials by two-thirds. Sanford also wants school choice through tuition tax credits and tax cuts and spending restraint.
Moore proposes he is a good manager of state government and is both socially conservative and fiscally moderate. His campaign includes three major points, creating a rural infrastructure bank to help undeveloped counties, making a governor’s office that actively recruits new businesses to the state and adding a 30-cent tax increase on cigarettes to offset small business tax credits for employee health insurance.