United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1876

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The 1876 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 7, 1876 to select five Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. Two incumbents were re-elected, one was defeated for re-election, and the Democrats picked up one of the two open seats from the Republicans. The composition of the state delegation after the election was three Republicans and two Democrats.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Joseph Rainey of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1870, defeated Democratic challenger John S. Richardson.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Joseph Rainey (incumbent) 18,180 52.2 +0.8
Democratic John S. Richardson 16,661 47.8 -0.8
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 1,519 4.4 +1.6
Turnout 34,842
  Republican hold

2nd Congressional District Special Election[edit]

The Congress declared the seat for the 2nd congressional district vacant on July 19, 1876 after Charles W. Buttz successfully contested the 1874 election. A special election was called to be held simultaneously with the regular election. Charles W. Buttz was nominated by the Republicans and he defeated Democrat Michael P. O'Connor in the special election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Special Election Results, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Charles W. Buttz 21,378 62.1 +16.2
Democratic Michael P. O'Connor 13,030 37.9 +37.9
No party Write-Ins 2 0.0 0.0
Majority 8,348 24.2 +16.0
Turnout 34,410
  Republican gain from Independent Republican

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Richard H. Cain was nominated by the Republicans for the regular election of the 2nd congressional district and he defeated Democratic challenger Michael P. O'Connor.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Richard H. Cain 21,385 62.1 0.0
Democratic Michael P. O'Connor 13,028 37.9 0.0
No party Write-Ins 2 0.0 0.0
Majority 8,357 24.2 0.0
Turnout 34,415
  Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Solomon L. Hoge of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1875, declined to seek re-election. D. Wyatt Aiken was nominated by the Democrats and he defeated Republican Lewis C. Carpenter.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic D. Wyatt Aiken 21,479 58.0 +14.1
Republican Lewis C. Carpenter 15,553 42.0 -14.1
Majority 5,926 16.0 +3.8
Turnout 37,032
  Democratic gain from Republican

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Alexander S. Wallace of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1870, was defeated by Democratic challenger John H. Evins.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John H. Evins 21,875 57.6 +10.8
Republican Alexander S. Wallace (incumbent) 16,071 42.4 -10.8
Majority 5,804 15.2 +8.8
Turnout 37,946
  Democratic gain from Republican

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Smalls of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1875, defeated Democratic challenger George D. Tillman.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1876
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert Smalls (incumbent) 19,954 51.9 -27.5
Democratic George D. Tillman 18,516 48.1 +48.1
No party Write-Ins 2 0.0 -0.7
Majority 1,438 3.8 -55.7
Turnout 38,472
  Republican hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Annual Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina at the Regular Session, 1876-77. Columbia, SC: Republican Printing Company, 1877, pp. 217–219.