Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide makes its second stop in South Carolina, where Team Red enjoyed a stronger-than-expected year. You can find our complete data set here, which we’re updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. You can also click here to learn more about why this data is so difficult to come by.
While most Palmetto State polls showed Donald Trump running well behind his 55-41 2016 margin of victory, Trump ended up taking South Carolina by only a slightly smaller 55-43 last week. Trump once again carried six of the state’s seven congressional districts, with Joe Biden winning House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s heavily Democratic 6th District.
The closest constituency, not surprisingly, was the 1st District along the coast, where Trump’s moved downward from 53-40 to only 52-46. This shift to the left, though, wasn’t quite enough for freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, who lost reelection 51-49 against Republican Nancy Mace.
Trump carried his other five seats by double digits. The closest was the 2nd District in the Augusta and Columbia suburbs, which supported him 56-39 in 2016 but by a smaller 55-44. Democrats hoped before Election Day that veteran Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican who infamously screamed “You lie!” at Barack Obama during a congressional address in 2009, could be vulnerable there against well-funded Democrat Adair Ford Boroughs, but Wilson won by a comparable 56-43. The 6th District, meanwhile, moved from 67-30 Clinton to 67-32 Biden.