1930 United States Senate election in South Carolina

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1930 United States Senate Democratic primary election in South Carolina

← 1924 August 26 and September 9, 1930 1936 →
  Senator James F Byrnes.jpg Coleman L Blease (cropped).jpg
Nominee James F. Byrnes Coleman Livingston Blease
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 92,242 primary
120,755 runoff
111,989 primary
116,264 runoff
Percentage 37.8% primary
50.9% runoff
46.0% primary
49.1% runoff

U.S. Senator before election

Coleman Livingston Blease

Elected U.S. Senator

James F. Byrnes

The 1930 South Carolina United States Senate election was held on November 4, 1930 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina. Incumbent Democratic Senator Coleman Livingston Blease was defeated in the Democratic primary by James F. Byrnes. He was unopposed in the general election to win a six-year term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Senator Coleman Livingston Blease was opposed in the Democratic primary by former Representative James F. Byrnes. Blease was the leader in the first primary election on August 26, but in previous primary elections he had been the leader in the first primary and unable to increase his support in the runoff election. This election was no different and Byrnes won the runoff on September 9. There was no opposition to the Democratic candidate in the general election so Byrnes was elected to a six-year term in the Senate.

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Coleman Livingston Blease 111,989 46.0
James F. Byrnes 92,242 37.8
Leon W. Harris 39,512 16.2
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
James F. Byrnes 120,755 50.9 +13.1
Coleman Livingston Blease 116,264 49.1 +3.1

General election results[edit]

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1930
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic James F. Byrnes 16,211 100.0 0.0
Majority 16,211 100.0 0.0
Turnout 16,211
Democratic hold
  65+% won by Byrnes

See also[edit]


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 71–72.
  • "Supplemental Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports of State Officers Boards and Committees to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume I. Columbia, SC: 1931, p. 3.
  • "Makings of the 72nd (Cont.)". Time. 1930-09-08. Retrieved 2008-03-14.