United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1912

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The 1912 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 5, 1912 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. Six incumbents were re-elected, but J. Edwin Ellerbe of the 6th congressional district was defeated in the Democratic primary. The seat was retained by the Democrats and the composition of the state delegation remained solely Democratic.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman George Swinton Legaré of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1903, defeated L.L. Larisey in the Democratic primary and two minor candidates in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
George Swinton Legaré 9,111 69.3
L.L. Larisey 4,045 30.7


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic George S. Legaré (incumbent) 4,550 97.2 -0.2
Republican Aaron P. Prioleau 85 1.8 -0.3
Socialist William Eberhard 48 1.0 +0.5
Majority 4,465 95.4 +0.1
Turnout 4,683
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James F. Byrnes of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1911, defeated Harry D. Calhoun in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
James F. Byrnes 10,547 70.9
Harry D. Calhoun 4,320 29.1


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James F. Byrnes (incumbent) 6,033 100.0 0.0
Majority 6,033 100.0 0.0
Turnout 6,033
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Wyatt Aiken of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1903, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Wyatt Aiken 16,205 70.7
F.S. Evans 5,305 23.2
M.E. Long 1,402 6.1


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Wyatt Aiken (incumbent) 7,458 100.0 +0.1
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 -0.1
Majority 7,457 100.0 +0.2
Turnout 7,459
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Joseph T. Johnson of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1901, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph T. Johnson (incumbent) 7,244 100.0 +1.1
Majority 7,244 100.0 +2.2
Turnout 7,244
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman David E. Finley of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1899, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
David E. Finley 12,364 62.7
William P. Pollock 4,315 21.9
Glenn W. Ragsdale 3,038 15.4


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic David E. Finley (incumbent) 7,901 100.0 0.0
Majority 7,901 100.0 0.0
Turnout 7,901
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman J. Edwin Ellerbe of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1901, was defeated in the Democratic primary by J. Willard Ragsdale. He was unnopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
J. Willard Ragsdale 11,321 53.0
J. Edwin Ellerbe 10,059 47.0


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic J. Willard Ragsdale 6,446 100.0 0.0
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 6,445 100.0 0.0
Turnout 6,447
  Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Asbury Francis Lever of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1901, defeated Republican challenger A.D. Dantzler.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1912
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Asbury F. Lever (incumbent) 6,660 98.4 +2.8
Republican A.D. Dantzler 105 1.6 -2.7
Majority 6,555 96.8 +5.5
Turnout 6,765
  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. 97, 101, 105, 114, 119. 
  • "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: 1913, pp. 419–421.