United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1918

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The 1918 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 5, 1918 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. The primary elections were held on August 27 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on September 10. All seven incumbents were re-elected 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, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Richard S. Whaley (incumbent) 2,328 100.0 +4.6
Majority 2,328 100.0 +9.2
Turnout 2,328
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

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

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
James F. Byrnes 7,266 56.9
Gasper L. Toole 3,212 25.1
Theodore G. Croft 1,330 10.4
N.G. Evans 974 7.6


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James F. Byrnes (incumbent) 3,155 100.0 +1.5
Majority 3,155 100.0 +3.0
Turnout 3,155
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Frederick H. Dominick of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1917, defeated Wyatt Aiken in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Frederick H. Dominick 9,596 51.1
Wyatt Aiken 9,166 48.9


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Frederick H. Dominick (incumbent) 3,701 100.0 0.0
Majority 3,701 100.0 0.0
Turnout 3,701
  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 was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Samuel J. Nicholls 9,651 46.4
Horace L. Bomar 5,743 27.6
D.B. Traxler 5,396 26.0
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Samuel J. Nicholls 9,376 51.1 +4.7
Horace L. Bomar 8,970 48.9 +21.3


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Samuel J. Nicholls (incumbent) 4,069 100.0 +0.6
Majority 4,069 100.0 +1.2
Turnout 4,069
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William F. Stevenson of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1917, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William F. Stevenson (incumbent) 3,640 100.0 0.0
Majority 3,640 100.0 0.0
Turnout 3,640
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman J. Willard Ragsdale of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1913, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic J. Willard Ragsdale (incumbent) 3,626 100.0 +0.9
Majority 3,626 100.0 +1.8
Turnout 3,626
  Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Asbury Francis Lever of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1901, won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican R.H. Richardson in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Asbury Francis Lever 9,770 59.8
George Bell Timmerman 3,502 21.4
Thomas Gordon McLeod 2,127 13.0
Thomas F. Brantley 942 5.8


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1918
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Asbury F. Lever (incumbent) 4,761 96.4 +2.9
Republican R.H. Richardson 176 3.6 -2.9
Majority 4,585 92.8 +5.8
Turnout 4,937
  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. 101–102, 105, 110, 123. 
  • "Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina. Part II." Reports of State Officers Boards and Committees to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume II. Columbia, SC: 1919, pp. 31–33.