1998 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina Article

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The 1998 South Carolina United States House of Representatives elections were held on November 3, 1998, to select six Representatives for two-year terms from the state of South Carolina. The primary elections for the Democrats and the Republicans 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 4th congressional district was retained by the Republicans. The composition of the state delegation remained four Republicans and two Democrats.

1st Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mark Sanford of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1995, defeated Natural Law candidate Joseph F. Innella.

General election results

South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mark Sanford (incumbent) 118,414 91.0 -5.4
Natural Law Joseph F. Innella 11,586 8.9 +5.4
No party Write-Ins 71 0.1 0.0
Majority 106,828 82.1 -10.8
Turnout 130,071
Republican hold

2nd Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Congressman Floyd Spence of the 2nd congressional district, in office since 1971, defeated Democratic challenger Jane Frederick.

General election results

South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent) 119,583 57.8 -32.0
Democratic Jane Frederick 84,864 41.1 +41.1
Natural Law Maurice T. Raiford 2,276 1.1 -8.9
No party Write-Ins 40 0.0 -0.2
Majority 34,719 16.7 -63.1
Turnout 206,763
Republican hold

3rd Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Congressman Lindsey Graham of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1995, was unopposed in his bid for re-election.

General election results

South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lindsey Graham (incumbent) 129,047 99.7 +39.4
No party Write-Ins 402 0.3 +0.3
Majority 128,645 99.4 +77.8
Turnout 129,449
Republican hold

4th Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Inglis of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1993, chose to run for Senator instead of re-election. Jim DeMint won the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Glenn Reese in the general election.

Democratic primary

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Glenn Reese 4,882 53.0
Bill McCuen 3,419 37.2
Launeil Neil Sanders 902 9.8

Republican primary

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Mike Fair 12,924 32.4
Jim DeMint 9,300 23.3
Howell Clyborne 8,601 21.6
Jim Ritchie 7,788 19.6
Franklin D. Raddish 1,232 3.1
Republican Primary Runoff
Candidate Votes % ±%
Jim DeMint 18,445 52.9 +29.6
Mike Fair 16,413 47.1 +14.7

General election results

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jim DeMint 105,264 57.7 -13.2
Democratic Glenn Reese 73,314 40.2 +12.4
Natural Law C. Faye Walters 1,988 1.1 -0.2
Reform Peter J. Ashy* 1,754 0.9 +0.9
No party Write-Ins 230 0.1 +0.1
Majority 31,950 17.5 -25.6
Turnout 182,550
Republican hold
*Ashy also ran under the Patriot Party; his totals are combined.

5th Congressional District

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John M. Spratt, Jr. of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1983, defeated Republican challenger Mike Burkhold.

General election results

South Carolina's 5th Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John M. Spratt, Jr. (incumbent) 95,105 57.9 +3.8
Republican Mike Burkhold 66,299 40.3 -5.0
Natural Law Dianne Nevins 2,760 1.7 +1.1
No party Write-Ins 103 0.1 +0.1
Majority 28,806 17.6 +8.8
Turnout 164,267
Democratic hold

6th Congressional District

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1993, defeated Republican challenger Gary McLeod.

Democratic primary

Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Jim Clyburn 32,652 83.1
Mike Wilson 6,655 16.9

Republican primary

Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Gary McLeod 4,733 63.3
Vince Ellison 2,744 36.7

General election results

South Carolina's 6th Congressional District Election Results, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Clyburn (incumbent) 116,507 72.6 +3.3
Republican Gary McLeod 41,421 25.8 -4.3
Natural Law George C. Taylor 2,496 1.5 +0.9
No party Write-Ins 152 0.1 +0.1
Majority 75,086 46.8 +7.6
Turnout 160,576
Democratic hold

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