United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1994

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The 1994 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 8, 1994 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 August 9 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on August 23. All four incumbents who ran were re-elected and the Republicans won both of the open seats in the 1st congressional district and the 3rd congressional district. The composition of the state delegation after the elections was four Republicans and two Democrats.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1987, chose to run for Governor instead of re-election. Mark Sanford, a real estate developer from Sullivan's Island, won the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Robert Barber in the general election.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Van Hipp, Jr. 17,066 30.8
Mark Sanford 10,568 19.0
Mike Rose 9,424 17.0
Bob Harrell 9,419 17.0
L. Mendel Rivers, Jr. 6,604 11.9
Sarah Lee King 1,849 3.3
John Henry Whitmire 543 1.0
Republican Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Mark Sanford 30,304 52.0 +33.0
Van Hipp, Jr. 27,921 48.0 +17.2


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark Sanford 97,803 66.3 +0.2
Democratic Robert Barber 47,769 32.4 -0.1
Libertarian Robert Payne 1,836 1.3 +1.3
No party Write-Ins 63 0.0 0.0
Majority 50,034 33.9 +0.3
Turnout 147,471
  Republican hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Floyd Spence of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1971, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 133,307 99.8 +12.2
No party Write-Ins 285 0.2 +0.1
Majority 133,022 99.6 +24.3
Turnout 133,592
  Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Butler Derrick of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1975, opted to retire. Lindsey Graham, a state representative from Oconee County, won the Republican primary and defeated Democrat James E. Bryan, Jr. in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
James E. Bryan, Jr. 12,034 34.3
Tommy Moore 11,031 31.4
Debbie Dorn Pracht 10,744 30.6
Lou Bracknell 1,304 3.7
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
James E. Bryan, Jr. 15,464 51.8 +17.5
Tommy Moore 14,391 48.2 +16.8


Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Lindsey Graham 21,562 52.1
Bob Cantrell 13,609 32.9
Ed Allgood 6,235 15.0


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lindsey Graham 90,123 60.1 +21.3
Democratic James E. Bryan, Jr. 59,932 39.9 -21.2
No party Write-Ins 13 0.0 -0.1
Majority 30,191 20.2 -2.1
Turnout 150,068
  Republican gain from Democratic

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Bob Inglis of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1993, defeated Democratic challenger Jerry L. Fowler.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Inglis (incumbent) 109,626 73.5 +23.2
Democratic Jerry L. Fowler 39,396 26.4 -21.1
No party Write-Ins 154 0.1 +0.1
Majority 70,230 47.1 +44.3
Turnout 149,176
  Republican hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

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

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. (incumbent) 77,311 52.1 -9.1
Republican Larry Bigham 70,967 47.8 +9.1
No party Write-Ins 85 0.1 0.0
Majority 6,344 4.3 -18.2
Turnout 148,363
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1993, defeated Republican challenger Gary McLeod.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Jim Clyburn 50,476 85.7
Ben Frasier 8,419 14.3


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Clyburn (incumbent) 88,635 63.8 -1.5
Republican Gary McLeod 50,259 36.2 +1.5
No party Write-Ins 29 0.0 0.0
Majority 38,376 27.6 -3.0
Turnout 138,923
  Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • State Election Commission (1995). South Carolina Election Report 1994-1995. Columbia, SC: The Commission. pp. 6, 10, 17–18, 22, 29–30.