United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1998

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The 1998 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 3, 1998 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 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on June 23. All five incumbents who ran were re-elected and the open seat in the 4th congressional district was retained by the Republicans. 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, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark Sanford (incumbent) 118,414 91.0 -5.4
Natural Law Joseph F. Innella 11,586 8.9 +5.4
No party Write-Ins 71 0.1 0.0
Majority 106,828 82.1 -10.8
Turnout 130,071
  Republican hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

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

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 119,583 57.8 -32.0
Democratic Jane Frederick 84,864 41.1 +41.1
Natural Law Maurice T. Raiford 2,276 1.1 -8.9
No party Write-Ins 40 0.0 -0.2
Majority 34,719 16.7 -63.1
Turnout 206,763
  Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Lindsey Graham of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1995, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lindsey Graham (incumbent) 129,047 99.7 +39.4
No party Write-Ins 402 0.3 +0.3
Majority 128,645 99.4 +77.8
Turnout 129,449
  Republican hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Inglis of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1993, chose to run for Senator instead of re-election. Jim DeMint won the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Glenn Reese in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Glenn Reese 4,882 53.0
Bill McCuen 3,419 37.2
Launeil Neil Sanders 902 9.8


Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Mike Fair 12,924 32.4
Jim DeMint 9,300 23.3
Howell Clyborne 8,601 21.6
Jim Ritchie 7,788 19.6
Franklin D. Raddish 1,232 3.1
Republican Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Jim DeMint 18,445 52.9 +29.6
Mike Fair 16,413 47.1 +14.7


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim DeMint 105,264 57.7 -13.2
Democratic Glenn Reese 73,314 40.2 +12.4
Natural Law C. Faye Walters 1,988 1.1 -0.2
Reform Peter J. Ashy* 1,754 0.9 +0.9
No party Write-Ins 230 0.1 +0.1
Majority 31,950 17.5 -25.6
Turnout 182,550
  Republican hold
*Ashy also ran under the Patriot Party; his totals are combined.

5th Congressional District[edit]

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

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. (incumbent) 95,105 57.9 +3.8
Republican Mike Burkhold 66,299 40.3 -5.0
Natural Law Dianne Nevins 2,760 1.7 +1.1
No party Write-Ins 103 0.1 +0.1
Majority 28,806 17.6 +8.8
Turnout 164,267
  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 32,652 83.1
Mike Wilson 6,655 16.9


Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Gary McLeod 4,733 63.3
Vince Ellison 2,744 36.7


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Clyburn (incumbent) 116,507 72.6 +3.3
Republican Gary McLeod 41,421 25.8 -4.3
Natural Law George C. Taylor 2,496 1.5 +0.9
No party Write-Ins 152 0.1 +0.1
Majority 75,086 46.8 +7.6
Turnout 160,576
  Democratic hold

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