South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

The 3rd congressional district of South Carolina is a congressional district in western South Carolina bordering both Georgia and North Carolina. It includes all of Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties and portions of Greenville and Newberry counties. The district is mostly rural, but much of the economy revolves around the manufacturing centers of Anderson and Greenwood.

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district
South Carolina US Congressional District 3 (since 2013).tif
South Carolina's 3rd congressional district since January 3, 2013
Representative
  Jeff Duncan
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Population (2019)706,961
Median household
income
$50,815[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+21[2]

HistoryEdit

Historically, the district was a Democratic stronghold, and Democrats continued to hold most local offices well into the 1990s. However, most residents share the socially conservative views of their counterparts in the 4th district and the district has elected Republicans since 1994. Republicans now dominate the district's politics at all levels, usually scoring margins rivaling those in the 4th. Indeed, no Democrat has cleared the 40 percent mark in the district in almost a quarter-century.

South Carolina's senior Senator, Lindsey Graham, held this seat from 1995 to 2003. He was succeeded by J. Gresham Barrett, who gave up the seat in order to run for governor.[3] State Rep. Jeff Duncan won the seat in 2010.

From 2003 to 2013, the district included all of Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties and most of Aiken and Laurens counties.

Election results from presidential racesEdit

Year Office Result
2000 President Bush 63 - 35%
2004 President Bush 66 - 34%
2008 President McCain 63.5 - 35.1%
2012 President Romney 64.5 - 33.9%
2016 President Trump 67 - 29%
2020 President Trump 69 - 30%

List of members representing the districtEdit

Name Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history District location
 
Daniel Huger
Pro-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
1st
2nd
Elected in 1788.
Re-elected in 1790.
Retired.
1789–1793
"Georgetown-Cheraw district"
 
      1st district: Charleston
      2nd district: Beaufort-Orangeburg
      3rd district: Georgetown-Cheraw
      4th district: Camden
      5th district: Ninety-Six
Lemuel Benton Anti-Administration March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1795
3rd
4th
5th
Elected in 1793.
Re-elected in 1794.
Re-elected in 1796.
Lost re-election.
1793–1795
"Georgetown-Cheraw district"
(Map unknown)
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1799
1795–1799
"Georgetown district"
 
1796 election results by district
 
Benjamin Huger
Federalist March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1805
6th
7th
8th
Elected in 1798.
Re-elected in 1800.
Re-elected in 1803.
Retired.
1799–1833
"Georgetown district"
(Map unknown)
 
David R. Williams
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1809
9th
10th
Elected in 1804.
Re-elected in 1806.
Retired.
Robert Witherspoon Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1811
11th Elected in 1808.
Retired.
 
David R. Williams
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
12th Elected in 1810.
Retired.
Theodore Gourdin Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
13th Elected in 1812.
Lost re-election.
 
Benjamin Huger
Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
14th Elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
James Ervin Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
15th
16th
Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Retired.
Thomas R. Mitchell Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
17th Elected in 1820.
Lost re-election.
 
Robert B. Campbell
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18th Elected in 1823.
Retired.
Thomas R. Mitchell Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
19th
20th
Elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1826.
Lost re-election.
John Campbell Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
21st Elected in 1828.
Lost re-election.
Thomas R. Mitchell Jacksonian March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
22nd Elected in 1830.
Lost re-election.
Thomas Singleton Nullifier March 4, 1833 –
November 25, 1833
23rd Elected in 1833.
Died.
1833–1843
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant November 25, 1833 –
February 27, 1834
 
Robert B. Campbell
Nullifier February 27, 1834 –
March 3, 1837
23rd
24th
Elected to finish Singleton's term.
Re-elected in 1834.
Retired.
John Campbell Nullifier March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
25th
26th
27th
Elected in 1836.
Re-elected in 1838.
Re-elected in 1840.
Redistricted to the 4th district.
Democratic March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
Joseph A. Woodward Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1853
28th
29th
30th
31st
32nd
Elected in 1843.
Re-elected in 1844.
Re-elected in 1846.
Re-elected in 1848.
Re-elected in 1850.
Retired.
1843–1853
[data unknown/missing]
 
Laurence M. Keitt
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
July 15, 1856
33rd
34th
Elected in 1853.
Re-elected in 1854.
Resigned to gain constituents' support following Caning of Charles Sumner.
1853–1860
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant July 15, 1856 –
August 6, 1856
34th
 
Laurence M. Keitt
Democratic August 6, 1856 –
December ???, 1860
34th
35th
36th
Re-elected to finish his own term.
Re-elected in 1856.
Re-elected in 1858.
Retired early due to Civil War.
Inactive December ???, 1860 –
July 25, 1868
36th
37th
38th
39th
40th
Civil War and Reconstruction
Manuel S. Corley Republican July 25, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
40th Elected to finish the short term.
Retired.
1868–1873
[data unknown/missing]
 
Solomon L. Hoge
Republican April 8, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
41st Elected in 1868 (Successfully contested election of J.P. Reed).
Retired.
 
Robert B. Elliott
Republican March 4, 1871 –
November 1, 1874
42nd
43rd
Elected in 1870.
Re-elected in 1872.
Resigned to become sheriff.
1873–1883
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant November 1, 1874 –
November 3, 1874
43rd
Lewis C. Carpenter Republican November 3, 1874 –
March 3, 1875
Elected to finish Elliott's term.
Retired.
 
Solomon L. Hoge
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
44th Elected in 1874.
Retired.
 
D. Wyatt Aiken
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1887
45th
46th
47th
48th
49th
Elected in 1876.
Re-elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Re-elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Retired.
1883–1893
[data unknown/missing]
James S. Cothran Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
50th
51st
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Retired.
George Johnstone Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Elected in 1890.
Lost renomination.
 
Asbury C. Latimer
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1903
53rd
54th
55th
56th
57th
Elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Retired.
1893–1903
[data unknown/missing]
Wyatt Aiken Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1917
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
Elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Lost renomination.
1903–1913
[data unknown/missing]
1913–1933
Abbeville, Anderson, Greenwood, Newberry, Oconee, and Pickens Counties.[4]
 
Frederick H. Dominick
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1933
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
Elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost renomination.
John C. Taylor Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd
74th
75th
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Lost renomination.
1933–1943
[data unknown/missing]
 
Butler B. Hare
Democratic January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1947
76th
77th
78th
79th
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Retired.
1943–1953
[data unknown/missing]
 
W.J. Bryan Dorn
Democratic January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th Elected in 1946.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
James Butler Hare Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st Elected in 1948.
Lost renomination.
 
W.J. Bryan Dorn
Democratic January 3, 1951 –
December 31, 1974
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
Elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Retired to run for Governor of South Carolina and resigned following defeat.
1953–1963
[data unknown/missing]
1963–1973
[data unknown/missing]
1973–1983
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
93rd
 
Butler Derrick
Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1995
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
Elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Re-elected in 1992.
Retired.
1983–1993
[data unknown/missing]
1993–2003
[data unknown/missing]
 
Lindsey Graham
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
104th
105th
106th
107th
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
 
Gresham Barrett
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2011
108th
109th
110th
111th
Elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Retired.
2003–2013
 
All of Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens and Saluda counties and most of Aiken and Laurens counties.
 
Jeff Duncan
Republican January 3, 2011 –
present
112th
113th
114th
115th
116th
117th
Elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
2013–present
 

Recent election resultsEdit

2012Edit

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2012[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (incumbent) 169,512 66.5
Democratic Bryan Ryan B. Doyle 84,735 33.3
Write-in 516 0.2
Total votes 254,763 100.0
Republican hold

2014Edit

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2014[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (incumbent) 116,741 71.2
Democratic Barbara Jo Mullis 47,181 28.8
Write-in 87 0.0
Total votes 164,009 100.0
Republican hold

2016Edit

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2016 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (incumbent) 196,325 72.8
Democratic Hosea Cleveland 72,933 27.1
Write-in 282 0.1
Total votes 269,540 100.0
Republican hold

2018Edit

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2018[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (incumbent) 153,338 67.8
Democratic Mary Geren 70,046 31.0
American Dave Moore 2,697 1.2
Write-in 123 0.0
Total votes 226,204 100.0
Republican hold

2020Edit

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district, 2020[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Duncan (incumbent) 237,544 71.2
Democratic Hosea Cleveland 95,712 28.7
Write-in 308 0.1
Total votes 333,564 100.0
Republican hold

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=45&cd=03
  2. ^ "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "Gresh". greshambarrett.com.
  4. ^ "South Carolina". Official congressional directory. p. 104. hdl:2027/uc1.l0075858456.
  5. ^ "Election Statistics - US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives". Karen Haas, Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "South Carolina Election Commission Official Results". West Virginia Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "2016 Statewide General Election official results". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Johnson, Cheryl L. (February 28, 2019). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 2018". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "2020 Statewide General Election Night Reporting - Results". South Carolina Election Commission. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.

Coordinates: 34°23′N 82°30′W / 34.38°N 82.50°W / 34.38; -82.50