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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Mark Hammond (Republican Party) is the South Carolina Secretary of State. He assumed office in 2003. His current term ends on January 11, 2023.

Hammond (Republican Party) ran for re-election for South Carolina Secretary of State. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Hammond previously served as Spartanburg County's Clerk of Court. He was elected to the position in 1996 and served through 2002.

Shortly after graduating from school, Hammond took up the position of juvenile probation officer for the South Carolina Department of Youth Services. From 1990 to 1996, he served as a criminal investigator for the Spartanburg County, South Carolina-based 7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Hammond was elected in 1996 as the Clerk of Courts for the county of Spartanburg, the first time a Republican had held the position since Reconstruction. He was re-elected to the same office in 2000.

He has also served in the following roles:

  • Member, Lions Club
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention
  • Member, Saint Paul United Methodist Church
  • Vice President, South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives
  • Spartanburg GOP Committeeman
  • Chairman, International Relations Committee - National Association of Secretaries of State

Education

  • Graduated from Dorman High School
  • B.A., in political science, Newberry College (1986)
  • M.Ed., in education, Clemson University (1988)

Education

  • MA, Education, Clemson University, 1988
  • BA, Political Science, Newberry College, 1986

Professional Experience

  • MA, Education, Clemson University, 1988
  • BA, Political Science, Newberry College, 1986
  • Juvenile Probation Officer, South Carolina Department of Youth Services
  • Clerk of Court, Spartanburg County, 1996-2002

Political Experience

  • MA, Education, Clemson University, 1988
  • BA, Political Science, Newberry College, 1986
  • Juvenile Probation Officer, South Carolina Department of Youth Services
  • Clerk of Court, Spartanburg County, 1996-2002
  • Secretary of State, South Carolina, 2003-present
  • Candidate, State of South Carolina Secretary of State, 2018
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2004, 2008

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • MA, Education, Clemson University, 1988
  • BA, Political Science, Newberry College, 1986
  • Juvenile Probation Officer, South Carolina Department of Youth Services
  • Clerk of Court, Spartanburg County, 1996-2002
  • Secretary of State, South Carolina, 2003-present
  • Candidate, State of South Carolina Secretary of State, 2018
  • Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2004, 2008
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Spartanburg Methodist College, 2009-present
  • Member, Saint Paul United Methodist Church, present
  • Member, Westminster Presbyterian Church, present
  • Former Member, Committee, Spartanburg Grand Old Party
  • Chair, International Relations Committee, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • Ex-Officio Member, Legislative Council, South Carolina Consumer Affairs Commission
  • Member, Lions Club
  • Former Member, National Association of Secretaries of State, International Relations Committee
  • Former Vice President, South Carolina Association of Countywide Elected Executives
Elections

2018

General election
General election for South Carolina Secretary of State

Incumbent Mark Hammond defeated Melvin Whittenburg in the general election for South Carolina Secretary of State on November 6, 2018.

Mark Hammond (R)
57.1%
970,576 Votes

Melvin Whittenburg (D)
42.8%
727,952 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.1%
968 Votes

Total votes: 1,699,496

Democratic election
Democratic primary for South Carolina Secretary of State

Melvin Whittenburg advanced from the Democratic primary for South Carolina Secretary of State on June 12, 2018.

Melvin Whittenburg

Republican election
Republican primary for South Carolina Secretary of State

Incumbent Mark Hammond defeated Joshua Putnam, Nelson Faerber, and Kerry Wood in the Republican primary for South Carolina Secretary of State on June 12, 2018.

Mark Hammond
65.4%
218,215 Votes

Joshua Putnam
13.4%
44,639 Votes

Nelson Faerber
12.5%
41,570 Votes

Kerry Wood
8.7%
29,075 Votes

Total votes: 333,499


2014

Hammond ran for re-election in the 2014 elections. Hammond won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10 and won a fourth term as secretary of state in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Results

General election

Secretary of State of South Carolina, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 59.5% 730,739
Democratic Ginny Deerin 40.4% 496,344
Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 788
Total Votes 1,227,871
Election results via South Carolina State Election Commission

Race background

Republican incumbent Mark Hammond was first elected to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State in 2002 and sought re-election again this year. Hammond and his opponent, Democratic nonprofit consultant Ginny Deerin, were unopposed in the primary.

2010

After being re-nominated without opposition in the Republican primary, Hammond defeated retired public relations executive Marjorie Johnson (D), taking 60.9 percent of the vote in the general election.

General election

On November 2, 2010, Mark Hammond won re-election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Marjorie Johnson in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2010

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 60.9% 805,783
Democratic Marjorie Johnson 39% 516,414
Write-In Various 0% 638
Total Votes 1,322,835
Election results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary

Party Candidate Vote Percentage
Republican Party Approved Mark Hammond 58.8%
Republican Party Bill McKown 41.2%
Total Votes 212,760

On November 7, 2006, Mark Hammond won re-election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Cheryl L. Footman in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2006

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond Incumbent 61.2% 656,661
Democratic Cheryl L. Footman 38.7% 415,211
Write-In Various 0% 473
Total Votes 1,072,345
Election results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

2002

2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
Republican Party Approved Mark Hammond 38.9%
Republican Party Ed McMullen 33.8%
Republican Party Lois Eargle 27.3%
Total Votes 284,981
2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary Run-Off
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
Republican Party Approved Mark Hammond 54.8%
Republican Party Ed McMullen 45.2%
Total Votes 277,509

On November 5, 2002, Mark Hammond won election to the office of South Carolina Secretary of State. He defeated Rick C. Wade in the general election.

South Carolina Secretary of State, 2002

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hammond 56.8% 610,799
Democratic Rick C. Wade 43.1% 463,501
Write-In Various 0% 291
Total Votes 1,074,591
Election results via South Carolina State Election Commission.

Endorsements
In 2014, Hammond received endorsements from Citizens for Life and the South Carolina Association of Realtors prior to the general election. Hammond's opponent, Ginny Deerin, received an endorsement from the South Carolina Club for Growth in September 2014, making her the first Democrat to receive the group's endorsement in a statewide race.
In 2014, Hammond received endorsements from Citizens for Life and the South Carolina Association of Realtors prior to the general election. Hammond's opponent, Ginny Deerin, received an endorsement from the South Carolina Club for Growth in September 2014, making her the first Democrat to receive the group's endorsement in a statewide race.