United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1916

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The 1916 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 7, 1916 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. The primary elections were held on August 29 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on September 12. Six incumbents were re-elected, but Wyatt Aiken of the 3rd 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 Richard S. Whaley of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1913, defeated James G. Padgett in the Democratic primary and Republican J.O. Ladd in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Richard S. Whaley 7,522 60.5
James G. Padgett 4,907 39.5

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Richard S. Whaley (incumbent) 4,999 95.4 -3.1
Republican J.O. Ladd 240 4.6 +3.6
Majority 4,759 90.8 -6.7
Turnout 5,239
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James F. Byrnes of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1911, defeated Alvin Etheredge in the Democratic primary and Republican Isaac Myers in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
James F. Byrnes 6,785 79.6
Alvin Etheredge 1,742 20.4

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James F. Byrnes (incumbent) 7,681 98.5 -1.5
Republican Isaac Myers 120 1.5 +1.5
Majority 7,561 97.0 -3.0
Turnout 7,801
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Wyatt Aiken of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1903, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Frederick H. Dominick. He was unnopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Frederick H. Dominick 7,021 29.1
Wyatt Aiken 6,095 25.3
Henry C. Tillman 4,862 20.1
A.H. Dagnell 3,814 15.8
John A. Horton 2,344 9.7
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Frederick H. Dominick 12,762 55.3 +26.2
Wyatt Aiken 10,298 44.7 +19.4

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Frederick H. Dominick 9,447 100.0 0.0
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 9,446 100.0 0.0
Turnout 9,448
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Samuel J. Nicholls of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1915, won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican G.F. Mills in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Samuel J. Nicholls 12,901 72.0
D.B. Traxler 3,391 18.9
J.H. Miller 1,623 9.1

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Samuel J. Nicholls (incumbent) 11,312 99.4 -0.6
Republican G.F. Mills 74 0.6 +0.6
Majority 11,238 98.8 -1.2
Turnout 11,386
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

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

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
David E. Finley 9,617 52.2
William F. Stevenson 8,803 47.8

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic David E. Finley (incumbent) 8,846 100.0 0.0
Majority 8,846 100.0 0.0
Turnout 8,846
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman J. Willard Ragsdale of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1913, won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican W.L. McFarlan in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
J. Willard Ragsdale 10,220 52.2
Julius S. McInnes 7,981 40.7
Josiah J. Evans 1,398 7.1

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic J. Willard Ragsdale (incumbent) 9,767 99.1 -0.9
Republican W.L. McFarlan 87 0.9 +0.9
Majority 9,680 98.2 -1.8
Turnout 9,854
  Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Asbury Francis Lever of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1901, defeated Republican challenger I.S. Leevy.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1916
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Asbury F. Lever (incumbent) 9,817 93.5 -1.6
Republican I.S. Leevy 683 6.5 +2.4
Majority 9,134 87.0 -4.0
Turnout 10,500
  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. 98, 101, 105, 110, 115, 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 II. Columbia, SC: 1917, pp. 3–4.