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United States Senate election in South Carolina, 1960

 

United States Senate election in South Carolina, 1960

The 1960 South Carolina United States Senate election was held on November 8, 1960 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina. Popular incumbent Democratic Senator Strom Thurmond easily won the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.

Democratic primary

Senator Strom Thurmond was opposed by Columbia lawyer Robert Beverley Herbert in the Democratic primary. Herbert argued that Thurmond's means of opposing the civil rights legislation in the 1950s was unconstructive and instead if he were in the Senate he would express to the country how the blacks were benefited by white rule. Herbert's campaign was little more than token opposition

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