United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1946

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The 1946 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 5, 1946 to select six Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. Five incumbents were re-elected, but Butler B. Hare of the 3rd congressional district was defeated in the Democratic primary by W.J. Bryan Dorn. The seat remained with the Democrats and the composition of the state delegation remained solely Democratic.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman L. Mendel Rivers of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1941, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic L. Mendel Rivers (incumbent) 5,354 99.5 +6.7
No party Write-Ins 26 0.5 +0.5
Majority 5,328 99.0 +13.4
Turnout 5,380
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John J. Riley of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1945, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John J. Riley (incumbent) 4,795 98.6 +0.6
No party Write-Ins 67 1.4 +1.4
Majority 4,728 97.2 +1.2
Turnout 4,862
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Butler B. Hare of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1939, was defeated in the Democratic primary by W.J. Bryan Dorn who was unnopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
W.J. Bryan Dorn 31,164 61.6
Butler B. Hare 19,423 38.4


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic W.J. Bryan Dorn 3,527 99.9 +2.9
No party Write-Ins 3 0.1 +0.1
Majority 3,524 99.8 +5.8
Turnout 3,530
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Joseph R. Bryson of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1939, defeated Charles C. Moore in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Joseph R. Bryson 28,232 58.3
Charles C. Moore 20,208 41.7


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joseph R. Bryson (incumbent) 3,363 99.6 +3.9
No party Write-Ins 13 0.4 +0.4
Majority 3,350 99.2 +7.8
Turnout 3,376
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James P. Richards of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1933, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James P. Richards (incumbent) 3,357 100.0 +1.9
Majority 3,357 100.0 +3.8
Turnout 3,357
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John L. McMillan of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1939, won the Democratic primary and defeated Progressive Party candidate James E. Prioleau in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
John L. McMillan 35,494 68.4
G. Stanley Bryant 14,307 27.5
Wendell J. Holbert 2,117 4.1


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John L. McMillan (incumbent) 5,670 96.9 -1.1
Progressive Democratic James R. Prioleau 141 2.4 +2.4
Independent Leroy Dimery 41 0.7 +0.7
Majority 5,529 94.5 -1.5
Turnout 5,852
  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. 107, 111, 121. 
  • "Supplemental Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of South Carolina to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume I. Columbia, SC: 1947, pp. 5–7.