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ⓘ 1909 United States Senate election in South Carolina




1909 United States Senate election in South Carolina
                                     

ⓘ 1909 United States Senate election in South Carolina

The 1909 South Carolina United States Senate election of January 26, 1909 was effectively settled on August 25, 1908 and September 8 by a Democratic Party primary election. Prior to the ratification of the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, U.S. Senators were elected by the state legislature and not through the direct election by the people of the state.

However, the democratic party of South Carolina organized primary elections in the U.S. Senate beginning in 1896 and the General Assembly must confirm the choice of the democratic voters. Democrat Ellison D. Smith won the Democratic primary and was elected by the General Assembly for a term of six years.