Nancy Mace defeats incumbent Joe Cunningham in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District

Nancy Mace (R) defeated Rep. Joe Cunningham (D) in the general election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. 

Cunningham was first elected in 2018 after defeating Katie Arrington (R) 51% to 49%. Republicans had represented the 1st District from 1981-2019.

Mace worked in public relations, in marketing, and as a coalitions director on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. She has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives since 2018. Trump endorsed Mace.

This seat was one of 30 that Democrats were defending in districts Trump carried in 2016. He defeated Hillary Clinton (D) 54% to 40% in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

Heading into the election, Democrats had a 232-197 majority in the House. Republicans needed to win a net 21 seats to win control of the chamber.