South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1908

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The 1908 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 3, 1908 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. Governor Martin Frederick Ansel faced state senator Coleman Livingston Blease in the Democratic primary and emerged victorious to win a second two-year term as governor.

Democratic primary[edit]

Coleman Livingston Blease entered the state Democratic primary for governor as the only opposition to incumbent Governor Martin Frederick Ansel. The voters saw no reason to not give Ansel another term for governor and Blease was defeated rather decisively on August 25.

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Martin Frederick Ansel 62,867 59.9
Coleman Livingston Blease 42,100 40.1


General election[edit]

The general election was held on November 3, 1908 and Martin Frederick Ansel was reelected governor of South Carolina without opposition. Turnout increased over the previous gubernatorial election because there was also a presidential election on the ballot.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1908
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Martin Frederick Ansel 61,060 100.0 0.0
Majority 61,060 100.0 0.0
Turnout 61,060
  Democratic hold
  65+% won by Ansel

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Primary Results Declared". The News and Courier. 30 August 1908. p. 1. 
  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. p. 26. 
  • "Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina. Part II." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume III. Columbia, SC: 1909, pp. 154–155.

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Preceded by
1906
South Carolina gubernatorial elections Succeeded by
1910