United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 1988

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The 1988 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 8, 1988 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 14. All six incumbents were re-elected and the composition of the state delegation remained four Democrats and two Republicans.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr. of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1987, defeated Democratic challenger Wheeler Tillman.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Arthur Ravenel, Jr. (incumbent) 101,572 63.8 +11.8
Democratic Wheeler Tillman 57,691 36.2 -11.8
No party Write-Ins 42 0.0 0.0
Majority 43,881 27.6 +23.6
Turnout 159,305
Republican hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Republican Congressman Floyd Spence of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1971, defeated Democratic challenger Jim Leventis.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 94,960 52.8 -0.8
Democratic Jim Leventis 83,978 46.6 +0.2
Libertarian Geb Sommer 1,061 0.6 +0.6
No party Write-Ins 5 0.0 0.0
Majority 10,982 6.2 -1.0
Turnout 180,004
Republican hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Butler Derrick of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1975, defeated Republican challenger Henry Jordan.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Butler Derrick (incumbent) 89,071 53.7 -14.7
Republican Henry Jordan 75,571 45.6 +14.1
Libertarian John B. Heaton 1,183 0.7 +0.7
No party Write-Ins 8 0.0 -0.1
Majority 13,500 8.1 -28.8
Turnout 165,833
Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Liz J. Patterson of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1987, defeated Republican challenger Knox White.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Knox White 15,096 56.9
Ted Adams 11,424 43.1

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Liz J. Patterson (incumbent) 90,234 52.1 +0.7
Republican Knox White 82,793 47.8 +0.5
No party Write-Ins 108 0.1 0.0
Majority 7,441 4.3 +0.2
Turnout 173,135
Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr. of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1983, defeated Republican challenger Robert K. Carley.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. (incumbent) 107,959 69.8 -29.8
Republican Robert K. Carley 46,622 30.2 +30.2
No party Write-Ins 17 0.0 -0.4
Majority 61,337 39.6 -59.6
Turnout 154,598
Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Robin Tallon of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1983, defeated Republican challenger Bob Cunningham.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Robin Tallon 65,608 88.6
Luther Lighty, Jr. 8,448 11.4

Republican primary[edit]

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Bob Cunningham 2,283 50.7
Doug Cooke 2,218 49.3

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1988
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robin Tallon (incumbent) 120,719 76.1 +0.6
Republican Bob Cunningham 37,958 23.9 -0.6
No party Write-Ins 52 0.0 0.0
Majority 82,761 52.2 -1.2
Turnout 158,729
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • State Election Commission (1989). Report of the South Carolina State Election Commission 1988-1989. Columbia, SC: The Commission. p. 86.