1926 United States Senate election in South Carolina

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The 1926 South Carolina United States Senate election was held on November 2, 1926, to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina. Incumbent Democratic Senator Ellison D. Smith won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election to win another six-year term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Senator Ellison D. Smith was opposed in the Democratic primary by state Representative Edgar Allan Brown of Barnwell County. Smith was the leader in the first primary election on August 31 and won the runoff election two weeks later on September 14. There was no opposition to the Democratic candidate in the general election so Smith was elected to another six-year term in the Senate.

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Ellison D. Smith 72,015 42.0
Edgar Allan Brown 65,331 38.1
Nathaniel B. Dial 34,144 19.9
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Ellison D. Smith 82,783 51.6 +9.6
Edgar Allan Brown 77,559 48.4 +10.3

General election results[edit]

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1926
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ellison D. Smith (incumbent) 14,560 100.0 0.0
Majority 14,560 100.0 0.0
Turnout 14,560
Democratic hold
  65+% won by Smith

See also[edit]


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 69–70.
  • "Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina. Part II." Reports of State Officers Boards and Committees to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume I. Columbia, SC: 1927, p. 58.
  • "Senatorial Joke". Time. 1926-09-13. Retrieved 2008-03-14.