1962 South Carolina gubernatorial election

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South Carolina gubernatorial election, 1962

← 1958 November 6, 1962 1966 →
  University of South Carolina President Donald Russell, 1953.jpg
Nominee Donald S. Russell
Party Democratic
Popular vote 253,704
Percentage 100.0%

Governor before election

Ernest Hollings

Elected Governor

Donald S. Russell

The 1962 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1962 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. Donald S. Russell won the Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election becoming the 107th governor of South Carolina.

Democratic primary[edit]

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary for governor in the summer of 1962 and Donald S. Russell succeeded on his second attempt by easily defeating the current Lieutenant Governor and son of former governor Burnet R. Maybank. He garnered more than 50% of the vote and avoided a runoff, effectively becoming the next governor of South Carolina due to lack of opposition in the general election.

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Donald S. Russell 199,619 60.8
Burnet Rhett Maybank, Jr. 103,015 31.4
A.W. Bethea 17,251 5.3
Dero Cook 6,321 1.9
Milton Dukes 2,085 0.6

General election[edit]

The general election was held on November 6, 1962 and Donald S. Russell was elected the next governor of South Carolina without opposition. Turnout was much higher than the previous gubernatorial election because of a competitive senate race between Olin D. Johnston and W. D. Workman, Jr.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Donald S. Russell 253,704 100.0 0.0
No party Write-Ins 17 0.0 0.0
Majority 253,687 100.0 0.0
Turnout 253,721 38.1 +23.6
Democratic hold
  65+% won by Russell

See also[edit]


  • "Supplemental Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of South Carolina to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume II. Columbia, South Carolina: 1963, p. 7.

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