United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1982

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The 1982 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 2, 1982 to select six Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. The primary elections for the Democrats were held on June 8 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on June 22. Three incumbents were re-elected, but John Light Napier of the 6th congressional district was defeated in his bid for re-election and the open seat in the 5th congressional district was retained by the Democrats. The composition of the state delegation after the elections was three Republicans and three Democrats.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Thomas F. Hartnett of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1981, defeated Democratic challenger W. Mullins McLeod.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Paul Cantrell 17,897 47.2
W. Mullins McLeod 17,285 45.5
Ben Frasier 2,765 7.3
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
W. Mullins McLeod 14,398 77.5 +32.0
Ben Frasier 4,174 22.5 +15.2


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Thomas F. Hartnett (incumbent) 63,894 54.3 +2.7
Democratic W. Mullins McLeod 52,813 44.9 -3.5
Libertarian Walter E. Smith 971 0.8 +0.8
No party Write-Ins 9 0.0 0.0
Majority 11,081 9.4 +6.2
Turnout 117,687
  Republican hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Floyd Spence of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1971, defeated Democratic challenger Ken Mosely.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Ken Mosely 16,561 44.4
Billy R. Oswald 12,395 33.2
Harvey W. Burgess 8,375 22.4
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Ken Mosely 17,800 57.4 +13.0
Billy R. Oswald 13,202 42.6 +9.4


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 71,569 58.5 +2.8
Democratic Ken Mosely 50,749 41.5 -2.8
No party Write-Ins 6 0.0 0.0
Majority 20,820 17.0 +5.6
Turnout 122,324
  Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Butler Derrick of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1975, defeated Libertarian challenger Gordon T. Davis.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Butler Derrick (incumbent) 77,125 90.4 +30.6
Libertarian Gordon T. Davis 8,214 9.6 +8.8
No party Write-Ins 18 0.0 0.0
Majority 68,911 80.8 +60.4
Turnout 85,357
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1979, defeated Democratic challenger Marion E. Tyus.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Carroll Campbell (incumbent) 69,802 63.2 -29.4
Democratic Marion E. Tyus 40,394 36.6 +36.6
No party Write-Ins 171 0.2 -0.1
Majority 29,408 26.6 -58.9
Turnout 110,367
  Republican hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Kenneth Lamar Holland of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1975, opted to retire. John M. Spratt, Jr. won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican John S. Wilkerson in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
John M. Spratt, Jr. 28,472 38.2
John Winburn 19,865 26.6
Ernie Nunnery 19,522 26.2
Bill Horne 6,729 9.0
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
John M. Spratt, Jr. 30,859 54.9 +16.7
John Winburn 25,302 45.1 +18.5


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. 69,345 67.6 -19.9
Republican John S. Wilkerson 33,191 32.4 +32.4
No party Write-Ins 3 0.0 0.0
Majority 36,154 35.2 -39.8
Turnout 102,539
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman John Light Napier of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1981, was defeated in his bid for re-election by Democrat Robin Tallon.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Robin Tallon 35,841 46.9
Hicks Harwell 19,816 25.9
John W. Brassington 12,698 16.6
Charles McGill 8,124 10.6
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Robin Tallon 40,836 70.6 +23.7
Hicks Harwell 17,017 29.4 +3.5


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Robin Tallon 62,582 52.5 +4.3
Republican John Light Napier (incumbent) 56,653 47.5 -4.2
No party Write-Ins 2 0.0 -0.1
Majority 5,929 5.0 +1.5
Turnout 119,237
  Democratic gain from Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • State Election Commission (1983). Report of the South Carolina Election Commission for the Period Ending June 30, 1983. Columbia, SC. pp. 14–15, 17–18, 24–26.