1900 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina

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The 1900 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 6, 1900 to select seven Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. Five Democratic incumbents were re-elected and two incumbents were defeated in the primaries, but the seats were retained by the Democrats. The composition of the state delegation after the election was solely Democratic.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William Elliott of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1897, defeated Republican challenger W.W. Beckett.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic William Elliott (incumbent) 3,666 72.7 +6.2
Republican W.W. Beckett 1,378 27.3 -6.2
Majority 2,288 45.4 +12.4
Turnout 5,044
Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman W. Jasper Talbert of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1893, defeated Republican challenger J.B. Odom.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic W. Jasper Talbert (incumbent) 6,713 97.7 +0.7
Republican J.B. Odom 156 2.3 -0.6
Majority 6,557 95.4 +1.3
Turnout 6,869
Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Asbury Latimer of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1893, won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican challenger Anson C. Merrick in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Asbury Latimer 7,866 65.6
C.T. Wyche 2,883 24.1
E.E. Verner 1,233 10.3

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Asbury Latimer (incumbent) 7,834 97.5 +0.9
Republican Anson C. Merrick 203 2.5 -0.8
Majority 7,631 95.0 +1.7
Turnout 8,037
Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Stanyarne Wilson of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1895, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Joseph T. Johnson. He defeated Republican challenger S.T. Poinier in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Joseph T. Johnson 11,428 56.5
Stanyarne Wilson 8,814 43.5

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph T. Johnson 8,189 97.0 +0.6
Republican S.T. Poinier 251 3.0 -0.6
Majority 7,938 94.0 +1.2
Turnout 8,440
Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman David E. Finley of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1899, defeated Thomas J. Strait in the Democratic primary and Republican John F. Jones in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
David E. Finley 7,796 60.0
Thomas J. Strait 5,208 40.0

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic David E. Finley (incumbent) 6,634 97.3 -2.7
Republican John F. Jones 183 2.7 +2.7
No party Write-Ins 2 0.0 0.0
Majority 6,451 94.6 -5.4
Turnout 6,819
Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman James Norton of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1897, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Robert B. Scarborough. He defeated Republican R.A. Stuart in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Robert B. Scarborough 5,921 43.2
James Norton 5,315 38.7
J. Edwin Ellerbe 2,484 18.1
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Robert B. Scarborough 7,655 53.8 +10.6
James Norton 6,584 46.2 +7.5

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert B. Scarborough 6,476 94.3 -2.6
Republican R.A. Stuart 395 5.7 +2.6
Majority 6,081 88.6 -5.2
Turnout 6,871
Democratic hold

7th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman J. William Stokes of the 7th congressional district, in office since 1896, defeated Republican challenger Alexander D. Dantzler.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Election Results, 1900
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic J. William Stokes (incumbent) 7,285 93.2 +3.4
Republican Alexander D. Dantzler 534 6.8 -3.4
Majority 6,751 86.4 +6.8
Turnout 7,819
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 104, 109, 114, 118.
  • "Report of M.R. Cooper, Secretary of State, to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume I. Columbia, SC: The State Company, 1901, pp. 80–81.