1953 South Carolina's 4th congressional district special election

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The 1953 South Carolina 4th congressional district special election was held on June 2, 1953 to select a Representative for the 4th congressional district to serve out the remainder of the term for the 83rd Congress. The special election resulted from the death of Representative Joseph R. Bryson on March 10, 1953. Robert T. Ashmore emerged as the winner in a crowded field of Democrats.

General election campaign[edit]

The South Carolina Democratic Party decided to forgo a primary election so the general election held on June 2 featured a crowded field of six Democrats. The South Carolina Republican Party was nothing more than a patronage institution at the time and it had no chance to win the seat so no Republican filed for the election. Robert T. Ashmore, a solicitor from Greenville, prevailed over Spartanburg State Senator Charles C. Moore.

Election results[edit]

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District Special Election Results, 1953
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Robert T. Ashmore 12,766 44.2 N/A
Democratic Charles C. Moore 10,679 36.9 N/A
Democratic Robert Wasson 3,122 10.8 N/A
Democratic F.M. Easterlin 1,562 5.4 N/A
Democratic John F. Barry 499 1.7 N/A
Democratic Clement L. McEachern 285 1.0 N/A
Majority 2,087 7.3 N/A
Turnout 28,913
Democratic hold

See also[edit]


  • "Ashmore Wins Rep. Bryson's House Seat". The News and Courier. 3 June 1953. p. 5A.
  • "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: 1954, p. 173.