South Carolina backed President Trump, contributing nine electoral votes to his total. Republican strength in the upstate and along much of the Atlantic coast has kept the state safely Republican for decades. Democrats, who win Black voters by a landslide in the state, have made some inroads around the suburbs of Charleston and Columbia.
The Post is publishing preliminary results from national and state exit polls that allow readers to explore demographic trends in the 2020 vote. These surveys randomly sample voters in three ways: in-person, as they exited voting places on or before Election Day, and by telephone, through a survey of more than 25,000 early voters, to help account for the huge increase of votes cast early.
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy48% of voters
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus48%
Senate exit poll
In the South Carolina U.S. Senate race, the incumbent, Lindsey O. Graham, a Republican, defeated former state Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison. Graham has represented South Carolina in the Senate since 2003.
Who’s winning each group in South Carolina
Groups that candidates are winning by six or more percentage points
Containing the coronavirus now, even if it hurts the economy47% of voters
Rebuilding the economy now, even if it hurts efforts to contain the coronavirus47%
Preliminary national and state exit poll results from interviews of randomly selected voters as they exited voting places across the country on Nov. 3, as well as from voters exiting early voting locations. Early voters were also reached through a telephone survey. The polls were conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool, The Washington Post and other media organizations. Results are weighted to match vote tallies by region and to correct for differential participation by subgroup.