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1956 United States Senate election in South Carolina

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1956 United States Senate election in South Carolina

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Nominee Olin D. Johnston Leon P. Crawford
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 230,150 49,695
Percentage 82.2% 17.8%

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County results
Johnston:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      >90%

U.S. senator before election

Olin D. Johnston

Elected U.S. Senator

Olin D. Johnston

The 1956 South Carolina United States Senate election was held on November 6, 1956 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina simultaneously with the special Senate election. Incumbent Democratic Senator Olin D. Johnston handily defeated Republican mayor of Clemson Leon P. Crawford.

Democratic Primary

Olin D. Johnston, the incumbent Senator, faced no opposition from South Carolina Democrats and avoided a primary election.

Republican Primary

Leon P. Crawford, the mayor of the town of Clemson in the Upstate, faced no opposition from South Carolina Republicans and avoided a primary election.

General election campaign

Crawford campaigned as a defender of states' rights and denounced Johnston for backing the New Deal and the Fair Deal. The state Republican Party believed that Crawford could have a chance in the election if he galvanized the 128,000 registered black voters, although they were weary of being labeled as the black party. In the end, Johnston remained highly popular with the voters who were still leery of the Republican party and he easily defeated Crawford in the general election.

Election results

South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Olin D. Johnston 230,150 82.2 -17.7
Republican Leon P. Crawford 49,695 17.8 +17.8
No party Write-Ins 124 0.0 -0.1
Majority 180,455 64.4 -35.4
Turnout 279,969 36.8
Democratic hold

See also


  • "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: 1957, pp. 8–9.
  • Kalk, Bruce H. (2001). The Origins of the Southern Strategy: Two-Party Competition in South. Lexington Books. pp. 30, 33.
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