United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2000

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The 2000 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 7, 2000 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 13 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on June 27. All five incumbents who ran were re-elected and the open seat in the 1st congressional district was retained by the Republicans. The composition of the state delegation remained four Republicans and two Democrats.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2000[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 729,803 55.23% 4
Democratic 523,141 39.59% 2
Libertarian 31,104 2.35% 0
Others 37,264 2.82% 0
Totals 1,321,312 100.00% 6

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Sanford of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1995, honored his campaign pledge that he would only serve three terms and retired. Henry E. Brown, Jr. won the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Andy Brack in the general election.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Henry E. Brown, Jr. 22,072 43.6
Harry B. "Buck" Limehouse 17,171 33.9
Van Jenerette 4,269 8.4
Wheeler Tillman 2,627 5.2
Mike Seekings 2,470 4.9
Charlie Thompson 1,998 4.0
Republican Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Henry E. Brown, Jr. 21,631 54.6 +11.0
Harry B. "Buck" Limehouse 17,990 45.4 +11.5


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Henry E. Brown, Jr. 139,597 60.3 -30.7
Democratic Andy Brack 82,622 35.7 +35.7
Libertarian Bill Woolsey 6,010 2.6 +2.6
Reform Bob Batchelder 2,067 0.9 +0.9
Natural Law Joseph F. Innella 1,110 0.5 -8.4
No party Write-Ins 40 0.0 -0.1
Majority 56,975 24.6 -57.5
Turnout 231,446
  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, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 153,870 57.0 -0.8
Democratic Jane Frederick 110,161 40.8 -0.3
Libertarian Timothy Moultrie 3,584 1.3 +1.3
Natural Law George C. Taylor 2,259 0.9 -0.2
No party Write-Ins 71 0.0 0.0
Majority 43,709 16.2 -0.5
Turnout 269,945
  Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

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

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lindsey Graham (incumbent) 150,176 67.8 -31.9
Democratic George L. Brightharp* 67,174 30.3 +30.3
Libertarian Adrian Banks 3,116 1.4 +1.4
Natural Law Leroy J. Klein 1,122 0.5 +0.5
No party Write-Ins 33 0.0 -0.3
Majority 83,002 37.5 -61.9
Turnout 221,621
  Republican hold
*Brightharp also ran under the United Citizens Party; his totals are combined.

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Jim DeMint of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1999, defeated Franklin D. Raddish in the Republican primary and won the general election against several minor party candidates.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Jim DeMint 41,851 77.3
Franklin D. Raddish 12,279 22.7


General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim DeMint (incumbent) 150,436 79.6 +21.9
Constitution Ted Adams 16,532 8.7 +8.7
Libertarian April Bishop 12,757 6.7 +6.7
Reform Peter J. Ashy* 6,210 3.3 +2.4
Natural Law C. Faye Walters 2,640 1.4 +0.3
No party Write-Ins 476 0.3 +0.2
Majority 133,904 70.9 +53.4
Turnout 189,051
  Republican hold
*Ashy also ran under the United Citizens 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 Carl L. Gullick.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. (incumbent) 126,877 58.8 +0.9
Republican Carl L. Gullick 85,247 39.5 -0.8
Libertarian Tom Campbell 3,665 1.7 +1.7
No party Write-Ins 49 0.0 -0.1
Majority 41,630 19.3 +1.7
Turnout 215,838
  Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

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

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jim Clyburn (incumbent) 138,053 71.8 -0.8
Republican Vince Ellison 50,005 26.0 +0.2
Natural Law Dianne L. Nevins 2,339 1.2 -0.3
Libertarian Lynwood E. Hines 1,934 1.0 +1.0
No party Write-Ins 49 0.0 -0.1
Majority 88,048 45.8 -1.0
Turnout 192,380
  Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2000/2000Stat.htm#40


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