United States Senate election in South Carolina, 1998

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United States Senate election in South Carolina, 1998
South Carolina
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November 3, 1998
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  FritzHollings.jpg Rep. Bob Inglis, 109th Congress.jpg
Nominee Ernest Hollings Bob Inglis
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 562,791 488,132
Percentage 52.68% 45.69%

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County Results by margin of victory

Senator before election

Ernest Hollings
Democratic

Elected Senator

Ernest Hollings
Democratic

The 1998 United States Senate election in South Carolina was held on November 3, 1998. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings won re-election.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election Primary, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Inglis 115,029 74.6
Republican Stephen Brown 33,530 21.7
Republican Elton Legrand 5,634 3.7

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

The race between Hollings and Inglis gave the voters a choice of two very different visions of and for South Carolina. Hollings was from the Lowcountry, a face of the Old New South, and a master at bringing home the bacon. On the other hand, Inglis came from the Upstate, was a face of the New New South, and opposed to pork barrel spending. Hollings viciously attacked Inglis on the campaign trail as a "goddamn skunk" and when Inglis requested that Hollings sign a pledge for campaign courtesy, Hollings replied that Inglis could "kiss his fanny." Inglis tried to tie Hollings with President Clinton, who had tarnished the country for his role in the Lewinsky scandal.

Ultimately, Hollings won the race for four crucial reasons. First, Inglis refused to accept PAC donations which allowed Hollings to enjoy a huge financial advantage and blanket the state with his television advertisements. Secondly, Inglis came from the Upstate which already provided GOP majorities whereas Hollings came from the Lowcountry which was a key tossup region in the state. Thirdly, the voters two years prior in the 1996 Senate election had rewarded Strom Thurmond for his long service to the state and it was unlikely that they would then deny re-election to Hollings. Finally, the 1998 South Carolina GOP ticket was dragged down with unpopular Governor David Beasley at the top of the ticket who would go on to lose his re-election campaign to Jim Hodges.

Polling[edit]

Source Date Hollings (D) Inglis (R)
Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research September, 1998 [1] 49% 42%
Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research August, 1998 [2] 48% 40%
Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research June, 1998 [3] 47% 42%
Whit Ayres April, 1998 [4] 42% 42%

Results[edit]

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Fritz Hollings 562,791 52.7 +2.6
Republican Bob Inglis 488,132 45.7 -1.2
Libertarian Richard T. Quillian 16,987 1.6 -0.3
No party Write-Ins 457 0.0 -0.1
Majority 74,659 7.0 +3.8
Turnout 1,068,367 52.8
  Democratic hold


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