The United States Senate is composed of 100 Senators, two from each state. Senators serve 6-year terms, and approximately one-third of the total membership of the Senate is elected every two years. Campaigns for United States Senate are statewide races.
Candidates must be at least thirty years old, have been a citizen of the United States for the past nine years, and be an inhabitant of the state they represent at the time of election.
An individual becomes a federal candidate and must begin to report his or her campaign finances once he or she has either raised or spent $5,000 in pursuit of his or her campaign. Within 15 days of this benchmark for status as a candidate, the candidate must register with the FEC and designate an official campaign committee to be responsible for the funds and expenditures of the campaign. This committee must have an official treasurer and cannot support any candidate but the one who registered the committee. Detailed financial reports are then made to the FEC every financial quarter after the individual is registered with the FEC. Reports are also made before primaries and before the general election.
To gain access to the ballot in South Carolina, contact the S.C. Secretary of State.
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