United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1954

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The 1954 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 2, 1954 to select six Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. The primary elections were held on July 13. All six incumbents were re-elected 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, defeated Republican challenger Mrs. John E. Messervy.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic L. Mendel Rivers (incumbent) 33,402 97.7 -2.3
Republican Mrs. John E. Messervy 769 2.3 +2.3
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 32,633 95.4 -4.6
Turnout 34,172
  Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John J. Riley of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1951, defeated Republican challenger I.S. Leevy.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John J. Riley (incumbent) 44,484 97.7 -2.3
Republican I.S. Leevy 1,054 2.3 +2.3
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 43,430 95.4 -4.6
Turnout 45,539
  Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1951, defeated Republican challenger C.M. Smith.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William J.B. Dorn (incumbent) 30,790 99.3 +5.5
Republican C.M. Smith 199 0.6 -5.4
No party Write-Ins 24 0.1 -0.1
Majority 30,591 98.7
Turnout 31,013
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Robert T. Ashmore of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1953, defeated Republican challenger Lena Bellotte.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Robert T. Ashmore 30,182 62.4
Charles C. Moore 18,222 37.6


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robert T. Ashmore (incumbent) 43,857 99.2 -0.8
Republican Lena Bellotte 342 0.8 +0.8
Majority 43,515 98.4 -1.6
Turnout 44,199
  Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James P. Richards of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1933, defeated Wade S. Weatherford in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
James P. Richards 35,019 65.4
Wade S. Weatherford 18,537 34.6


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic James P. Richards (incumbent) 26,950 100.0 +6.1
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 26,949 100.0 +12.2
Turnout 26,951
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John L. McMillan of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1939, defeated Republican challenger Vernon Johnson.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1954
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John L. McMillan (incumbent) 31,141 98.9 -1.1
Republican Vernon Johnson 347 1.1 +1.1
No party Write-Ins 4 0.0 0.0
Majority 30,794 97.8 -2.2
Turnout 31,492
  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. 112, 116.