1964 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina

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South Carolina Congressional Districts, 1962 to 1970
  1st District
  2nd District
  3rd District
  4th District
  5th District
  6th District

The 1964 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 3, 1964 to select six Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. The primary elections were held on June 9 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on June 23. All five incumbents who ran were re-elected and the open seat in the 5th congressional district was retained by the Democrats; the composition of the state delegation thus remained solely Democratic.

1st Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman L. Mendel Rivers of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1941, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic L. Mendel Rivers (incumbent) 56,152 99.6 -0.4
No party Write-Ins 244 0.4 +0.4
Majority 55,908 99.2 -0.8
Turnout 56,396
Democratic hold

2nd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Albert Watson of the 2nd congressional district in office since 1963, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Albert Watson 88,682 97.6 +44.8
No party Write-Ins 2,209 2.4 +2.4
Majority 86,473 95.2 +89.6
Turnout 90,891
Democratic hold

3rd Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1951, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
William J.B. Dorn (incumbent) 39,934 70.6
T. M. Tucker 16,658 29.4

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic William J.B. Dorn (incumbent) 65,920 99.9 -0.1
No party Write-Ins 47 0.1 +0.1
Majority 65,873 99.8 -0.2
Turnout 65,967
Democratic hold

4th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Robert T. Ashmore of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1953, won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Robert T. Ashmore 42,068 84.2
Gordon Weathers 7,910 15.8

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert T. Ashmore (incumbent) 81,727 100.0 0.0
Majority 81,727 100.0 0.0
Turnout 81,727
Democratic hold

5th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Robert W. Hemphill of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1957, opted to retire. Thomas S. Gettys won the Democratic primary and defeated Republican challenger Robert M. Doster in the general election.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Thomas S. Gettys 19,092 39.4
George F. Coleman 18,048 37.2
J. Bates Harvey 8,913 18.4
Harold Hough 2,417 5.0
Democratic Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Thomas S. Gettys 16,861 52.2 +12.8
George F. Coleman 15,415 47.8 +10.6

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas S. Gettys 44,859 66.7 -27.2
Republican Robert M. Doster 22,384 33.3 +27.3
Majority 22,475 33.4 -54.5
Turnout 67,243
Democratic hold

6th Congressional District[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John L. McMillan of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1939, defeated Republican challenger E. R. Kirkland.

General election results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1964
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John L. McMillan (incumbent) 49,398 65.1 -34.9
Republican E. R. Kirkland 26,586 34.9 +34.9
No party Write-Ins 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 22,812 30.2 -69.8
Turnout 75,985
Democratic hold

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Scammon, Richard. America Votes, Vol. 6. p. 378.
  • http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1964election.pdf