Former SC Lt. Governor Andre Bauer May Run for Governor as an Independent

From Ballot Access News:

According to this story, Andre Bauer may be an independent candidate for Governor of South Carolina in 2014. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina as a Republican in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. The Governor who was elected in 2002 and 2006 was Mark Sanford. In South Carolina, Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected separately.

South Carolina has never had an independent candidate for Governor on a government-printed ballot. South Carolina has only had government-printed ballots since 1950. Before 1950, ballots were privately prepared. South Carolina has a straight-ticket device, so if Bauer does run as an independent, he will be injured by the device. Independent candidates don’t have a straight-ticket device. Voters who use the straight-ticket device might vote without even seeing Bauer’s name on the ballot.

Conceivably Bauer could run as a minor party candidate. Americans Elect is still ballot-qualified in South Carolina, as is the Independence Party. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.

From the article cited:

Former S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is not ruling out a third-party run for governor next year.

“I’m hearing more and more people say they are fed up with the two-party system,” the former Republican officeholder told The Buzz. “And they have asked me about running.”

Asked if a third-party run would end up siphoning enough votes away from Republican Gov. Nikki Haley to give the race to Democrat state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Bauer shot back: “You don’t think a third-party candidate (can) win?”

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