Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina has clinched the Republican nomination for the 1st Congressional District, bolstered by a strong showing in Charleston County and other crucial areas. This victory sets the stage for her third term in Congress.

Key Factors in Mace’s Victory

Mace secured significant support in Berkeley, Dorchester, and Jasper counties, which she lost in the 2022 primary, as well as maintaining her stronghold in Charleston County.

Election Overview

Mace’s bid for reelection garnered national attention due to her pivotal role in the 2023 ousting of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House. Despite McCarthy’s political efforts to back her challenger Catherine Templeton, Mace received endorsements from prominent figures including former President Donald Trump and current Speaker Mike Johnson.

Mace’s primary opponents included Catherine Templeton, a former state labor agency director under Gov. Nikki Haley, and William Young. Templeton had the support of notable Republicans such as Newt Gingrich and Rep. Joe Wilson, but it was not enough to overcome Mace’s widespread backing.

Detailed Vote Analysis

Mace’s early lead was solidified by her performance in her home county of Berkeley, along with Dorchester and Jasper counties. Her vote share in these areas increased by more than 10 percentage points compared to the 2022 primary. Even as the final results came in from Beaufort County, Mace’s position remained strong, securing about 58% of the districtwide vote with nearly a third of the vote counted. This was well above the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

Catherine Templeton, with about 31% of the vote, and William Young, who garnered 14%, were unable to close the gap. Templeton would have needed an unrealistic surge in the remaining votes to challenge Mace’s lead.



Rep. Nancy Mace’s decisive victory in South Carolina’s 1st District Republican primary highlights her robust support across key counties and sets her up for a strong bid for a third term in Congress. Her ability to outperform her previous primary results demonstrates her growing influence and solidified position within the Republican Party.