United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1992

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The 1992 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 6, 1992 to select six Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. The primary elections for the Democrats and the Republicans were held on June 9. Four incumbents were re-elected, but incumbent Democrat Liz J. Patterson of the 4th congressional district was defeated for re-election by Republican Bob Inglis. The open seat in the 6th congressional district remained with the Democrats and the composition of the state delegation after the elections was even at three Republicans and three Democrats.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1987, defeated Democratic challenger Bill Oberst, Jr.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Arthur Ravenel, Jr. (incumbent) 121,938 66.1 +0.6
Democratic Bill Oberst, Jr. 59,908 32.5 -1.9
American John R. Peeples 2,608 1.4 +1.4
No party Write-Ins 95 0.0 -0.1
Majority 62,030 33.6 +2.5
Turnout 184,549
  Republican hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Floyd Spence of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1971, defeated Libertarian challenger Gebhard Sommer.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 148,667 87.6 -1.3
Libertarian Gebhard Sommer 20,816 12.3 +1.4
No party Write-Ins 187 0.1 -0.1
Majority 127,851 75.3 -2.7
Turnout 169,670
  Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Butler Derrick of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1975, defeated Republican challenger Jim Bland.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Butler Derrick (incumbent) 119,119 61.1 -1.0
Republican Jim Bland 75,660 38.8 +1.0
No party Write-Ins 85 0.1 0.0
Majority 43,459 22.3 -2.0
Turnout 194,864
  Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Liz J. Patterson of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1987, was defeated for re-election by Republican challenger Bob Inglis.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Bob Inglis 21,301 70.8
Bill McCuen 4,760 15.8
Jerry L. Fowler 4,029 13.4


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Inglis 99,879 50.3 +11.9
Democratic Liz J. Patterson (incumbent) 94,182 47.5 -13.9
Libertarian Jo Jorgensen 4,286 2.2 +2.2
No party Write-Ins 63 0.0 -0.2
Majority 5,697 2.8 -20.2
Turnout 198,410
  Republican gain from Democratic

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr. of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1983, defeated Republican challenger Bill Horne.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Bill Horne 7,258 55.4
Earnest R. Archer 5,833 44.6


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. (incumbent) 112,031 61.2 -38.6
Republican Bill Horne 70,866 38.7 +38.7
No party Write-Ins 189 0.1 -0.1
Majority 41,165 22.5 -77.1
Turnout 183,086
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

South Carolina's congressional districts were redrawn following the 1990 census. The Republicans joined forces with the black Democrats in the state legislature to form a black-majority district; this gave the substantial minority the chance to elect candidates they favored. It also made the other districts predominately majority white by a greater margin, and these conservative voters had been favoring Republicans for some time.

The boundaries of the 6th congressional district were shifted from its previous northeast position in the state to the central part of the state and defined to include many of the black belt counties, as well as black precincts of Charleston and Columbia. Incumbent Democratic Congressman Robin Tallon opted to retire rather than run in a district that he considered unfavorable to a white candidate. Jim Clyburn won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican John Chase in the general election to succeed Tallon in office.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Jim Clyburn 41,415 56.1
Frank Gilbert 11,089 15.0
Ken Mosely 9,494 12.9
Herbert U. Fielding 9,130 12.4
John Roy Harper II 2,680 3.6


Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
John Chase 5,507 57.1
Delores DaCosta 2,452 25.5
Toney Graham, Jr. 1,678 17.4


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Clyburn 120,647 65.3 -34.3
Republican John Chase 64,149 34.7 +34.7
No party Write-Ins 75 0.0 -0.4
Majority 56,498 30.6 -68.6
Turnout 184,871
  Democratic hold

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