Some voters in the Palmetto state were in on the joke.
TV host and conservative spoofer Stephen Colbert made a last-minute push to have voters vote for Herman Cain.
He told supporters at the College of Charleston Friday that if that was a joke, then the Supreme Court decision that allows the formation of unlimited fundraising and spending from Super PACs is also a joke.
That's why he asked S.C. voters to vote for Cain and support the soundbite "Corporations are People."
And judging by Cain grabbing more votes than any other dropped-out candidate, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry who dropped out earlier in the week, some of the voters in the state agree.
South Carolina's open primary process, which allows Democrats and independents to also cast votes, probably helped.
All out-of-action candidates on the ballot received votes, likely from absentee voting. It may not be known how many voters were actually voting in favor of Colbert's "Corporations are People" slogan or how many were just having fun with their vote.
Cain grabbed more than 6,300 votes. Earning one percent of the total vote, Cain grabbed more votes than Bachmann, Huntsman, Perry and Johnson combined.