Following the Money Trail
The following was culled from an analysis of campaign contribution in the 1998 South Carolina elections. In that cycle, Republican incumbents won five of the nine statewide races. Democratic challengers took four of nine statewide seats.
In South Carolina, statewide candidates can accept up to $3,500 from individuals and up to $5,000 from political parties. Candidates for the House can accept up to $1,000 from individuals and up to $5,000 from parties.