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1942 United States Senate election in South Carolina

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1942 Democratic Senate primary in South Carolina

← 1941 (special) August 25, 1942 1948 →
Burnet R. Maybank.jpg
Nominee Burnet R. Maybank Eugene Blease
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 120,731 114,241
Percentage 51.4% 48.6%

U.S. senator before election

Burnet R. Maybank

Elected U.S. Senator

Burnet R. Maybank

The 1942 South Carolina United States Senate election was held on November 3, 1942 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina. Incumbent Democratic Senator Burnet R. Maybank defeated Eugene S. Blease in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election to win a six-year term.


In 1937, Senator James F. Byrnes began a six-year term ending in 1943, but President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1940.[a] To fill the vacancy until a successor could be duly elected, Governor of South Carolina Burnet R. Maybank appointed Judge Alva Lumpkin, but Lumpkin died on August 1, 1941. Maybank then appointed Roger C. Peace to succeed Lumpkin. Peace did not run in the special election to complete the term.

In the special election to complete Byrnes's unexpired term on November, Governor Maybank defeated former Governor Olin D. Johnston.

Democratic primary



Maybank campaigned in support of the Roosevelt administration and defeated Blease in the primary election on August 25.


Democratic Primary
Candidate Votes %
Burnet R. Maybank 120,731 51.4
Eugene S. Blease 114,241 48.6

General election

There was no opposition to the Democratic candidate in the general election so Maybank was elected to a six-year term in the Senate.

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1942
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Burnet R. Maybank (incumbent) 22,556 100.0 0.0
No party Write-Ins 2 0.0 0.0
Majority 22,554 100.0 0.0
Turnout 22,558
Democratic hold
  65+% won by Maybank

See also


  1. ^ Byrnes only joined the Court for 15 months; on October 3, between the 1942 primary and general elections, he resigned and was appointed as Roosevelt's Director of Economic Stabilization. He would later go on to serve as Director of War Mobilization and U.S. Secretary of State.


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876-1962. p. 77.
  • "Supplemental Report of the Secretary of State to the General Assembly of South Carolina." Reports and Resolutions of South Carolina to the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. Volume I. Columbia, SC: 1943, p. 5.
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