Richard Winger explains the entire story over at Ballot Access News of the thirty six state legislative candidates in South Carolina who are running as Independents. South Carolina has not had more than three such candidates in a single election in the last twenty years.
South Carolina has 36 independent candidates for the legislature on the ballot this year, far more than it has ever had before. This is because of the peculiar circumstances earlier this year that kept over 100 legislative candidates from running in the major party primaries. The excluded candidates were permitted to become independent candidates after they failed to qualify for the primary ballot. Therefore, the vast majority, if not all, of the independents self-identify as Republicans or Democrats.
If anyone knows how many, or which, candidates were fusion-ballot listed by the Working Families Party or United Citizens Party, please leave a comment below.