1954 South Carolina gubernatorial election

1954 South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial primary

Summer 1954
 SC Gov. George Timmerman.jpgNo image.svg
NomineeGeorge TimmermanLester L. Bates
Popular vote185,541116,942

1954 South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial primary.svg
County results
Timmerman:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%
Bates:      50-60%      80-90%

Governor before election

James F. Byrnes

Elected Governor

George Timmerman

The 1954 South Carolina gubernatorial election was held on November 2, 1954 to select the governor of the state of South Carolina. George Bell Timmerman won the Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election becoming the 105th governor of South Carolina.

Democratic primary

The South Carolina Democratic Party held their primary for governor in the summer of 1954. George Bell Timmerman was the current Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and only faced nominal opposition in the Democratic primary.

Democratic Primary
George Bell Timmerman185,54161.3
Lester L. Bates116,94238.7

General election

The general election was held on November 2, 1954 and George Bell Timmerman was elected the next governor of South Carolina without opposition. Turnout was much higher than the previous gubernatorial election because there was an extremely competitive Senate race on the ballot, featuring former governor Strom Thurmond.

South Carolina Gubernatorial Election, 1954
DemocraticGeorge Bell Timmerman 214,204 100.0 0.0
No partyWrite-Ins80.00.0
Democratic hold
  65+% won by Timmerman

See also


  • Jordan, Frank E. The Primary State: A History of the Democratic Party in South Carolina, 1876–1962. pp. 47–48.
  • "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, South Carolina: 1955, p. 9.

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