1980 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina

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The 1980 United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina were held on November 4, 1980 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 10 and the runoff elections were held two weeks later on June 24. Three incumbents were re-elected, but John Jenrette of the 6th congressional district was defeated in his bid for re-election and the open seat in the 1st congressional district was taken by the Republicans from the Democrats. The composition of the state delegation after the elections was four Republicans and two Democrats.

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1st congressional district

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Mendel Jackson Davis of the 1st congressional district, in office since 1971, opted to retire. Tommy Hartnett, a Republican state senator from Charleston, defeated Thomas G. Moore in the Republican primary and Democrat Charles D. Ravenel in the general election.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary
CandidateVotes%
Charles D. Ravenel 30,96655.6
Wheeler Tillman17,07030.7
Charles B. Brassell3,8386.9
Benjamin Frazier, Jr.3,7866.8

Republican primary

Republican primary
CandidateVotes%
Thomas F. Hartnett 10,51075.4
Thomas G. Moore3,42824.6

General election results

South Carolina's 1st congressional district election results, 1980
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Thomas F. Hartnett 81,98851.6+12.2
Democratic Charles D. Ravenel 76,96348.4-12.2
No party Write-Ins 100.00.0
Majority5,0253.2-18.0
Turnout 158,961
Republican gain from Democratic

2nd congressional district

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

Democratic primary

Democratic primary
CandidateVotes%
Tom Turnipseed28,49071.6
Leigh J. Leventis11,30328.4

General election results

South Carolina's 2nd congressional district election results, 1980
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Floyd Spence (incumbent)92,30655.7-1.6
Democratic Tom Turnipseed73,35344.3+1.6
No party Write-Ins 190.00.0
Majority18,95311.4-3.2
Turnout 165,678
Republican hold

3rd congressional district

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Butler Derrick of the 3rd congressional district, in office since 1975, defeated Republican challenger Marshall Parker.

General election results

South Carolina's 3rd congressional district election results, 1980
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic Butler Derrick (incumbent)87,68059.8-22.1
Republican Marshall Parker 57,84039.4+21.3
Libertarian Boyce Lee Muller1,1180.8+0.8
No party Write-Ins 40.00.0
Majority29,84020.4-43.4
Turnout 146,642
Democratic hold

4th congressional district

Incumbent Republican Congressman Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. of the 4th congressional district, in office since 1979, defeated Libertarian challenger Thomas P. Waldenfels.

General election results

South Carolina's 4th congressional district election results, 1980
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Carroll Campbell (incumbent)90,94192.6+40.5
Libertarian Boyce Lee Muller6,9847.1+7.1
No party Write-Ins 2480.3+0.3
Majority83,95785.5+79.6
Turnout 98,173
Republican hold

5th congressional district

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Kenneth Lamar Holland of the 5th congressional district, in office since 1975, defeated Libertarian challenger Thomas Campbell.

General election results

South Carolina's 5th congressional district election results, 1980
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic Ken Holland (incumbent)99,77387.5+4.9
Libertarian Thomas Campbell14,25212.5+12.5
No party Write-Ins 130.0-0.2
Majority85,52175.0-9.6
Turnout 114,038
Democratic hold

6th congressional district

Incumbent Democratic Congressman John Jenrette of the 6th congressional district, in office since 1975, was defeated in his bid for re-election by Republican John Light Napier.

Democratic primary

Democratic primary
CandidateVotes%
John Jenrette 38,56545.3
Hicks Harwell22,25126.2
John W. Brassington11,34613.3
Erick B. Ficken8,0619.5
William T. McElveen, Sr.4,8875.7
Democratic primary runoff
CandidateVotes%±%
John Jenrette 42,75952.5+7.3
Hicks Harwell38,62147.5+21.3

Republican primary

Republican primary
CandidateVotes%
John Light Napier 3,73560.0
Edward Lunn Young 2,49140.0

General election results

South Carolina's 6th congressional district election results, 1980
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican John Light Napier 75,63551.7+51.7
Democratic John Jenrette (incumbent)70,44548.2-51.5
No party Write-Ins 860.1-0.2
Majority5,1903.5-95.9
Turnout 146,166
Republican gain from Democratic

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