United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1996

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The 1996 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 5, 1996 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 11. All six incumbents were re-elected and the composition of the state delegation remained four Republicans and two Democrats.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Sanford of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1995, defeated Natural Law candidate Joseph F. Innella.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark Sanford (incumbent) 138,467 96.4 +30.1
Natural Law Joseph F. Innella 5,105 3.5 +3.5
No party Write-Ins 121 0.1 +0.1
Majority 133,362 92.9 +59.0
Turnout 143,693
  Republican hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Floyd Spence of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1971, defeated Natural Law candidate Maurice T. Raiford.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 158,229 89.8 -10.0
Natural Law Maurice T. Raiford 17,713 10.0 +10.0
No party Write-Ins 347 0.2 0.0
Majority 140,516 79.8 -19.8
Turnout 176,289
  Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Lindsey Graham of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1995, defeated Democratic challenger Debbie Dorn.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lindsey Graham (incumbent) 114,273 60.3 +0.2
Democratic Debbie Dorn 73,417 38.7 -1.2
Natural Law Lindal Pennington 1,835 1.0 +1.0
No party Write-Ins 5 0.0 0.0
Majority 40,856 21.6 +1.4
Turnout 189,530
  Republican hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Bob Inglis of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1993, defeated Democratic challenger Darrell E. Curry.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Inglis (incumbent) 138,165 70.9 -2.6
Democratic Darrell E. Curry 54,126 27.8 +1.4
Natural Law C. Faye Walters 2,501 1.3 +1.3
No party Write-Ins 20 0.0 -0.1
Majority 84,039 43.1 -4.0
Turnout 194,812
  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, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. (incumbent) 97,335 54.1 +2.0
Republican Larry Bigham 81,455 45.3 -2.5
Natural Law P.G. Joshi 1,159 0.6 +0.6
No party Write-Ins 22 0.0 -0.1
Majority 15,880 8.8 +4.5
Turnout 179,971
  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 50,933 87.8
Ben Frasier 7,107 12.2


Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Gary McLeod 12,382 77.8
Delores Porcher-DeCosta 3,530 22.2


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Clyburn (incumbent) 120,480 69.3 +5.5
Republican Gary McLeod 52,324 30.1 -6.1
Natural Law Savitap Joshi 948 0.6 +0.6
No party Write-Ins 26 0.0 0.0
Majority 68,156 39.2 +11.6
Turnout 173,778
  Democratic hold

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