The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary in the summer of 1919 and six candidates entered the race. E.J. Sherwood emerged atop the first primary election on August 26, but was defeated in the runoff election by Philip H. Stoll on September 9. There was no opposition to the Democratic candidate in the general election so Stoll was elected to serve out the remainder of the term.
Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. p. 119.
"Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina. Part II." Reports of State Officers Boards and Committees to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume II. Columbia, SC: 1920, p. 4.