1950 South Carolina gubernatorial election

1950 South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial primary

July 11, 1950
 James F. Byrnes cph.3c32232.jpg3x4.svg
NomineeJames F. ByrnesLester L. Bates
Popular vote248,06963,143

Governor before election

Strom Thurmond

Elected Governor

James F. Byrnes

The 1950 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 1950, to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. James F. Byrnes won the Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election becoming the 104th governor of South Carolina.

Democratic primary

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary for governor on July 11. The race was a cakewalk for the popular James F. Byrnes as he faced minimal opposition in the Democratic primary.

Democratic Primary
James F. Byrnes248,06971.6
Lester L. Bates63,14318.2
Thomas H. Pope29,6228.6
Marcus A. Stone5,4951.6

General election

The general election was held on November 7, 1950 and James F. Byrnes was elected the next governor of South Carolina without opposition. Being a non-presidential election and few contested races, turnout was much lower than the Democratic primary election.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1950
DemocraticJames F. Byrnes 50,633 100.0 0.0
No partyWrite-Ins90.00.0
Democratic hold
  65+% won by Byrnes

See also


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876–1962. pp. 46–47.
  • "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. Columbia, South Carolina: 1951, p. 11.

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