1796 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina

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South Carolina's results by district
District Incumbent Party First
Result Candidates
South Carolina 1
Also known as the Charleston district
William L. Smith Federalist 1788 Incumbent re-elected. William L. Smith (Federalist) 84.8%
Robert Simons (Democratic-Republican) 13.6%
John Rutledge (Democratic-Republican) 1.6%
South Carolina 2
Also known as the Beaufort district
Wade Hampton Democratic-Republican 1794 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
John Rutledge, Jr. (Federalist) 87.3%
Elnathan Haskell (Democratic-Republican) 16.7%
South Carolina 3
Also known as the Georgetown district
Lemuel Benton Democratic-Republican 1793 Incumbent re-elected. Lemuel Benton (Democratic-Republican) 63.3%
Tristam Thomas (Federalist) 24.4%
Joseph Blyth (Federalist) 12.3%
South Carolina 4
Also known as the Camden district
Richard Winn Democratic-Republican 1793 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican hold.
Thomas Sumter (Democratic-Republican) 50.7%
Richard Winn (F[a]) 49.3%
South Carolina 5
Also known as the Ninety-Six district
Robert Goodloe Harper Federalist 1794 Incumbent re-elected. Robert Goodloe Harper (Federalist) 67.6%
William Butler (Democratic-Republican) 32.4%
South Carolina 6
Also known as the Washington district
Samuel Earle Democratic-Republican 1794 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican hold.
William Smith (Democratic-Republican) 37.0%
Abraham Nott (Federalist) 32.5%
William Will (Democratic-Republican) 25.4%
Samuel Lowrie (Federalist) 2.6%
Robert Anderson (Democratic-Republican) 2.5%

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  1. ^ Although Winn had run as a Democratic-Republican in the previous election, the source used stated that he'd run as a Federalist in this election, however, by the time he returned to Congress in 1801 he was a Democratic-Republican again