United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2006

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South Carolina's 6 congressional districts

The 2006 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 7, 2006 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 13 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on June 27. All six incumbents were re-elected and the composition of the state delegation remained four Republicans and two Democrats.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2006[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 599,615 55.20% 4
Democratic 472,719 43.52% 2
Green 8,847 0.81% 0
Libertarian 4,467 0.41% 0
Independents 558 0.05% 0
Totals 1,086,206 100.00% 6

District 1[edit]

United States House of Representatives, South Carolina District 1 map.png

Congressman Henry E. Brown, Jr. ran for a fourth term in this conservative, South Caroline coastal district and faced Democratic candidate Randy Maatta and Green Party candidate James Dunn. Though Brown was re-elected by a comfortable margin, it was a smaller margin than in previous elections.

South Carolina's 1st congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Henry E. Brown, Jr. (inc.) 115,766 59.87%
Democratic Randy Maatta 73,218 37.86%
Green James E. Dunn 4,287 2.22%
Write-ins 104 0.05%
Totals 193,375 100.00%
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

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Congressman Joe Wilson ran for re-election in this conservative district that starts along the South Carolina coastline and reaches into the central region of the state. Wilson faced Democratic candidate Michael Ellisor in a repeat of the 2004 election, and, though he was re-elected, his margin of victory was reduced somewhat by the Democratic wave sweeping through the country.

South Carolina's 2nd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Wilson (inc.) 127,811 62.64%
Democratic Michael Ray Ellisor 76,090 37.29%
Write-ins 151 0.07%
Totals 204,052 100.00%
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

United States House of Representatives, South Carolina District 3 map.png

Though Congressman J. Gresham Barrett represented the most conservative district in South Carolina, he was held to just over sixty percent of the vote by Democratic candidate Lee Ballenger in 2006, in part due to the anti-Republican sentiment nationwide.

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican J. Gresham Barrett (inc.) 111,882 62.86%
Democratic Lee Ballenger 66,039 37.10%
Write-ins 67 0.04%
Totals 177,988 100.00%
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

United States House of Representatives, South Carolina District 4 map.png

Republican Congressman Bob Inglis, seeking his fifth term overall and his second consecutive term, faced off against Democratic candidate William Griffith, Libertarian John Cobin, and Green candidate C. Faye Walters, which he won handily. This district, based in Spartanburg and Greenville, has a tendency to elect Republicans.

South Carolina's 4th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Inglis (inc.) 115,553 64.22%
Democratic William Griffith 57,490 31.95%
Libertarian John Cobin 4,467 2.48%
Green C. Faye Walters 2,336 1.30%
Write-ins 85 0.05%
Totals 179,931 100.00%
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

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Long-serving Democratic Congressman John Spratt, in a bid for his thirteenth term, faced a credible challenge from State Representative Ralph Norman. Though Spratt's margin of victory was reduced from previous levels, he was still able to edge out Norman with nearly fifty-seven percent of the vote in this conservative, northern district.

South Carolina's 5th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Spratt (inc.) 99,669 56.90%
Republican Ralph Norman 75,422 43.06%
Write-ins 63 0.04%
Totals 175,154 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 6[edit]

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Facing off against Republican challenger Gary McLeod for the third time in this staunchly liberal, African-American majority district, incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn overwhelmingly won election to an eighth term in Congress.

South Carolina's 6th congressional district election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Clyburn (inc.) 100,213 64.36%
Republican Gary McLeod 53,181 34.15%
Green Antonio Williams 2,224 1.43%
Write-ins 88 0.06%
Totals 155,706 100.00%
Democratic hold

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