1992 United States Senate election in South Carolina

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1992 United States Senate election in South Carolina

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  FritzHollings.jpg Thomas Hartnett.jpg
Nominee Ernest Hollings Thomas F. Hartnett
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 591,030 554,175
Percentage 50.07% 46.95%

South Carolina Senate Election Results by County, 1992.svg
County results
Hollings:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Hartnett:      50-60%      60-70%

U.S. senator before election

Ernest Hollings

Elected U.S. Senator

Ernest Hollings

The 1992 United States Senate election in South Carolina was held on November 3, 1992. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings won reelection to his fifth full term.

Republican primary[edit]



Republican Primary
Candidate Votes %
Thomas F. Hartnett 123,572 76.8%
Charlie E. Thompson 37,352 23.2%

General election[edit]





The race between Hollings and Hartnett was between two politicians from the Lowcoutry. Hartnett attacked Hollings for co-sponsoring a bill in 1983 that would have outlawed discrimination against homosexuals and Hollings shot back about questions of Hartnett's integrity for pushing for military contracts with a firm he had ties with in North Charleston. The anti-incumbency mood helped to bring Hartnett close to topping Hollings in the general election, but South Carolina voters traditionally support their incumbent politicians and Hollings was elected for another six-year term, albeit with a much reduced margin.


South Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 1992
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Fritz Hollings 591,030 50.1% -13.0%
Republican Thomas F. Hartnett 554,175 46.9% +11.3%
Libertarian Mark Johnson 16,987 1.9% +1.2%
American Robert Barnwell Clarkson II 11,568 1.0% +0.4%
No party Write-Ins 703 0.1% +0.1%
Majority 36,855 3.2% -24.3%
Turnout 1,180,438 76.8% +20.2%
Democratic hold

See also[edit]


  • Krauss, Clifford (October 30, 1992). "THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Senate Race; A BITTER RIVALRY IN SOUTH CAROLINA". The New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2008.
  • State Election Commission (1993). South Carolina Election Commission Annual Report 1992-1993. Columbia, SC: The Commission. p. 80.