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1914 United States Senate election in South Carolina

The 1914 United States Senate election in South Carolina was held on November 3, 1914 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina. It was the first election in South Carolina in which the voters were able to choose the candidate in the general election. Incumbent Democratic Senator Ellison D. Smith won the Democratic primary and defeated nominal opposition in the general election to win another six-year term.

United States Senate election in South Carolina, 1914

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  Senator Ellison DuRant Smith.jpg
Nominee Ellison D. Smith James H. Roberts
Party Democratic Socialist
Popular vote 32,950 89
Percentage 99.7% 0.3%

U.S. Senator before election

Ellison D. Smith

Elected U.S. Senator

Ellison D. Smith

Democratic primaryEdit

Coleman Livingston Blease, Governor of South Carolina from 1910 to 1914, was barred from seeking another term by the South Carolina constitution. He wanted to continue holding a public office so he challenged incumbent Senator Ellison D. Smith in the Democratic primary election for U.S. Senator. However, the voters were tired of Blease and he and those allied with him suffered defeat in the 1914 Democratic primaries on August 25.

South Carolina U.S. Senate Primary Election, 1914
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ellison D. Smith (incumbent) 72,256 54.7
Democratic Coleman Livingston Blease 55,908 42.3
Democratic Lang D. Jennings 2,400 1.8
Democratic William P. Pollock 1,630 1.2

General election campaignEdit

Since the end of Reconstruction in 1877, the Democratic Party dominated the politics of South Carolina and its statewide candidates were never seriously challenged. Smith did not campaign for the general election as there was no chance of defeat.


South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1914
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ellison D. Smith (incumbent) 32,950 99.7 N/A
Socialist James H. Roberts 89 0.3 N/A
Majority 32,861 99.4 N/A
Turnout 33,039
Democratic hold

See alsoEdit


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. pp. 63–64.
  • "Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina. Part II." Reports and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume IV. Columbia, SC: 1915, p. 339.