United States Senate election in South Carolina, 1960

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The 1960 South Carolina United States Senate election was held on November 8, 1960 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina. Popular incumbent Democratic Senator Strom Thurmond easily won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Senator Strom Thurmond was opposed by Columbia lawyer Robert Beverley Herbert in the Democratic primary. Herbert argued that Thurmond's means of opposing the civil rights legislation in the 1950s was unconstructive and instead if he were in the Senate he would express to the country how the blacks were benefited by white rule. Herbert's campaign was little more than token opposition as Thurmond racked up a huge victory and won another term because he did not have an opponent in the general election.

South Carolina U.S. Senate Primary Election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Strom Thurmond 273,795 89.5
Democratic Robert Beverley Herbert 32,136 10.5

Election results[edit]

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1960
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Strom Thurmond 330,167 100.0 0.0
No party Write-Ins 102 0.0 0.0
Majority 330,065 100.0 0.0
Turnout 330,269 55.4 +23.2
  Democratic hold

See also[edit]


  • Bass, Jack; Marilyn W. Thompson (1998). Ol' Strom: An Unauthorized Biography of Strom Thurmond. Longstreet. p. 189.