United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1898

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The 1898 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 8, 1898 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. Six Democratic incumbents were re-elected and the open seat was retained by the Democrats. The composition of the state delegation after the election was solely Democratic.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William Elliott of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1897, defeated Republican challenger George W. Murray.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William Elliott (incumbent) 3,030 66.5 +2.8
Republican George W. Murray 1,529 33.5 -2.8
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 1,501 33.0 +3.2
Turnout 4,560
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman W. Jasper Talbert of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1893, defeated Republican challenger B.P. Chatfield.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic W. Jasper Talbert (incumbent) 4,013 97.0 +4.6
Republican B.P. Chatfield 122 2.9 -4.4
No party Write-Ins 4 0.1 -0.2
Majority 3,891 94.1 +9.0
Turnout 4,139
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Asbury Latimer of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1893, won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican challenger John R. Tolbert in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Asbury Latimer 7,866 57.4
George Johnstone 3,621 26.5
Julius E. Boggs 2,210 16.1


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Asbury Latimer (incumbent) 9,746 96.6 +4.6
Republican John R. Tolbert 332 3.3 -4.7
No party Write-Ins 14 0.1 +0.1
Majority 9,414 93.3 +7.5
Turnout 10,092
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Stanyarne Wilson of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1895, won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican challenger P.S. Suber in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Stanyarne Wilson 8,650 52.1
Joseph T. Johnson 7,089 42.7
M.L. Donaldson 872 5.2


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Stanyarne Wilson (incumbent) 4,467 96.4 +4.2
Republican P.S. Suber 165 3.6 -4.2
Majority 4,302 92.8 -4.8
Turnout 4,632
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Thomas J. Strait of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1893, lost the Democratic primary. David E. Finley defeated William A. Barber in the runoff and then Finley defeated Republican John F. Jones in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
David E. Finley 4,072 35.8
William A. Barber 2,741 24.1
Thomas J. Strait 2,210 19.4
William P. Pollock 881 7.8
J.K. Henry 795 7.0
E.J. Kennedy 676 5.9
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
David E. Finley 6,301 55.3 +19.5
William A. Barber 5,095 44.7 +20.6


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic David E. Finley 4,230 100.0 +9.0
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 4,229 100.0 +18.0
Turnout 4,231
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James Norton of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1897, defeated J. Edwin Ellerbe in the Democratic primary and Republican J.H. Evans in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
James Norton 5,410 50.3
J. Edwin Ellerbe 5,353 49.7


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James Norton (incumbent) 4,765 96.9 +9.2
Republican J.H. Evans 151 3.1 -9.1
Majority 4,614 93.8 +14.0
Turnout 4,916
  Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman J. William Stokes of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1896, defeated Thomas F. Brantley in the Democratic primary and Republican James Weston in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
J. William Stokes 8,242 67.6
Thomas F. Brantley 3,951 32.4


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic J. William Stokes (incumbent) 4,433 89.8 +4.2
Republican James Weston 505 10.2 -4.4
Majority 3,928 79.6 +8.2
Turnout 4,938
  Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 104, 109, 113, 118, 122. 
  • "Report of D.H. Tompkins, Secretary of State, to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume I. Columbia, SC: The Bryan Printing Company, 1899, pp. 252–255.