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Campaign Files, 1974 (defeated Gwen Bush in the general election)


Campaign for U.S. Senate, 1974

Senator Hollings had little trouble with his opponent, Gwen Bush, in his 1974 re-election, which is reflected in the 1 ½ feet of campaign materials. This campaign saw endorsements from several elected officials, notable among them a letter from Governor Jimmy Carter who pledged his support to Hollings. Financial files include the usual contributor lists and acknowledgements and information on a series of fundraising events including the Appreciation Dinner held in the Senator's honor in February, 1974. In Publicity, of particular interest are transcripts of the debate between Hollings and Gwen Bush. Voter research files include polls conducted by Kraft and a state profile from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Under Topical are two files of interest. A file on the environment reflects both the salience of the issue in the early 1970s and the senator's interest in protecting the coastal environment of South Carolina. A file on the 1974 gubernatorial race includes information on a possible amendment to the SC Constitution that would allow Charles 'Pug' Ravenel to run after the state Supreme Court decided that he was not in compliance with the resident requirements for governors.


  • 1974 (defeated Gwen Bush in the general election)


From the Collection: 800 Linear Feet


Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA