1956 United States Senate special election in South Carolina

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1956 United States Senate special election in South Carolina

← 1954 November 6, 1956 (1956-11-06) 1960 →
  Governor Strom Thurmond (cropped).jpg
Nominee Strom Thurmond
Party Democratic
Popular vote 245,371
Percentage 100.0%

U.S. senator before election

Strom Thurmond

Elected U.S. Senator

Strom Thurmond

The 1956 South Carolina United States Senate special election was held on November 6, 1956 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina simultaneously with the regular senate election. The election resulted from the resignation of Senator Strom Thurmond on April 4, 1956, who was keeping a campaign pledge he had made in the 1954 election. Thurmond was unopposed in his bid to complete the remaining four years of the term.

Democratic primary[edit]

Senator Strom Thurmond faced no opposition from South Carolina Democrats and avoided a primary election. There was a possibility that Governor George Bell Timmerman, Jr. might enter the race, but Thurmond was held in such high regard by the voters that there would have been no chance of defeating him. With no challenge to the remainder of the term, Thurmond did not conduct a campaign and rejoined his old law firm in Aiken until he returned to the Senate after the general election.

Election results[edit]

South Carolina U.S. Senate Special Election, 1956
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Strom Thurmond 245,371 100.0 +36.9
Majority 245,371 100.0 +73.7
Turnout 245,371 32.2 +5.9
Democratic hold


  • "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.
  • Bass, Jack; Marilyn W. Thompson (1998). Ol' Strom: An Unauthorized Biography of Strom Thurmond. Longstreet. p. 155.

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