South Carolina will hold a special election to fill the vacant U.S. House seat, 5th district, on June 20. Filing for party primaries and conventions closed at noon on March 13. Five Republicans filed for the Republican special primary; three Democrats filed for the Democratic primary. Among parties that nominate by convention, there are candidates from the Constitution, American, Libertarian, and Green Parties.
The candidate who filed for the Constitution Party nomination, Bill Bledsoe, also filed for the Libertarian nomination. But there are two others seeking the Libertarian nomination, Victor Kocher and N. Cooper. Under a strange South Carolina election law, if Bledsoe fails to get the Libertarian nomination, he will not be permitted to be on the ballot as the Constitution Party nominee, even if the Constitution Party nominates him.
The only candidate who filed for the Green nomination is David Kulma; and the only candidate who filed for the American Party nomination is Josh Thornton. Thanks to Rick Lass for the candidate list.