2016 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina

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United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2016

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South Carolina's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 6 1
Seats won 6 1
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 1,177,365 767,627
Percentage 60.53% 39.47%
Swing Decrease3.02% Increase6.40%

The 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina were held on November 8, 2016, to elect the seven U.S. Representatives from the state of South Carolina, one from each of the state's seven congressional districts. The elections coincided with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the House of Representatives, elections to the United States Senate and various state and local elections. The primaries were held on June 14.

District 1[edit]

The 1st district is located on the Atlantic coastal plain, from Seabrook Island to the border with North Carolina and includes most of Charleston and Myrtle Beach. The incumbent is Republican Mark Sanford, who has represented the district since 2013, and previously from 1995 to 2001. The Democratic, Working Families and Green Party nominee is Dimitri Cherny. The district has a PVI of R+11.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Sanford (incumbent) 21,299 55.6
Republican Jenny Horne 17,001 44.4
Total votes 38,300 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 1st congressional district, 2016 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Sanford (incumbent) 190,410 58.6
Democratic Dimitri Cherny 119,779 36.8
Libertarian Michael Grier Jr. 11,614 3.6
American Albert Travison 2,774 0.8
n/a Write-ins 593 0.2
Total votes 325,170 100.0
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

The 2nd district is located in central South Carolina and spans from Columbia to the South Carolina side of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area. The incumbent is Republican Joe Wilson, who has represented the district since 2001. The Democratic and Green Party nominee is Arik Bjorn. The district has a PVI of R+16.

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Arik Bjorn 9,686 50.1
Democratic Phil Black 9,642 49.9
Total votes 19,328 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 2nd congressional district, 2016 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joe Wilson (incumbent) 183,746 60.2
Democratic Arik Bjorn 109,452 35.9
American Eddie McCain 11,444 3.8
n/a Write-ins 354 0.1
Total votes 304,996 100.0
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

The 3rd district is located in western South Carolina. The incumbent is Republican Jeff Duncan, who has represented the district since 2011. The district has a PVI of R+18.

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2016 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (incumbent) 196,325 72.8
Democratic Hosea Cleveland 72,933 27.1
n/a Write-ins 282 0.1
Total votes 269,540 100.0
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

The 4th district is located in Upstate South Carolina. The incumbent is Republican Trey Gowdy, who has represented the district since 2011. The district has a PVI of R+15.

After Gowdy declined to run for House Majority Leader following the announcement of the resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, in 2015, John Fleming, a Republican Congressman from Louisiana, told reporters that Gowdy would not run for reelection in 2016. Gowdy's office denied the report,[3] and said that Gowdy had "every intention" of running in 2016.[4]

In the November 2016 election, Gowdy faces Democrat Chris Fedalei, a 26-year-old attorney who has never held elected office.[5]

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th congressional district, 2016 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Trey Gowdy (incumbent) 198,648 67.2
Democratic Chris Fedalei 91,676 31.0
Constitution Michael Chandler 5,103 1.7
n/a Write-ins 243 0.1
Total votes 295,670 100.0
Republican hold

District 5[edit]

The 5th district is located in northern South Carolina. The incumbent is Republican Mick Mulvaney, who has represented the district since 2011. The district has a PVI of R+9.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mick Mulvaney (incumbent) 22,603 78.3
Republican Ray Craig 6,280 21.7
Total votes 28,883 100.0

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 5th congressional district, 2016 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mick Mulvaney (incumbent) 161,669 59.2
Democratic Fran Person 105,772 38.7
American Rudy Barnes Jr 5,388 2.0
n/a Write-ins 177 0.1
Total votes 273,006 100.0
Republican hold

District 6[edit]

The 6th district is located in central and southern South Carolina. The incumbent is Democrat Jim Clyburn, who has represented the district since 1993. The Green Party nominee is Prince Charles Mallory. The district has a PVI of D+21.

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 6th congressional district, 2016 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Clyburn (incumbent) 177,947 70.1
Republican Laura Sterling 70,099 27.6
Libertarian Rich Piotrowski 3,131 1.2
Green Prince Charles Mallory 2,499 1.0
n/a Write-ins 225 0.1
Total votes 253,901 100.0
Democratic hold

District 7[edit]

The 7th district is located in northeastern South Carolina. The incumbent is Republican Tom Rice, who has represented this district since 2013. The Democratic and Green Party candidate is Mal Hynam. The district has a PVI of R+7.

General election[edit]

Results[edit]

South Carolina's 7th congressional district, 2016 [2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice (incumbent) 176,468 61.0
Democratic Mal Hyman 112,744 38.9
n/a Write-ins 251 0.1
Total votes 289,463 100.0
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "June 14, 2016 Statewide Primary Election official results". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "2016 Statewide General Election official results". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Trey Gowdy Aide Denies Retirement Report". At the Races. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  4. ^ "Trey Gowdy: "Every intention" to run again". The Greenville News. September 30, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Chris Lavender (March 4, 2016). "Spartanburg native Chris Fedalei to challenge Gowdy". Retrieved July 24, 2016.

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