United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1968

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1968
North Carolina
1962 ←
5 November 1968 → 1974

  Sam Ervin.jpg
Nominee Sam Ervin Robert Somers
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 870,406 566,834
Percentage 60.6% 39.4%

Senator before election

Sam Ervin
Democratic

Elected Senator

Sam Ervin
Democratic

The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1968 was held on 5 November 1968 as part of the nation-wide elections to the Senate. The general election was fought between the Democratic incumbent Sam Ervin and the Republican nominee Robert Somers. Ervin won re-election to a third full term, with over 60% of the vote.

Result[edit]

1968 North Carolina U.S. Senate election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sam Ervin 870,406 60.56
Republican Robert Somers 566,834 39.44
Turnout 901,978

Primaries[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

The first round of the 1968 North Carolina Primary Election was held on 4 May.[1] The runoff for the Republican Party candidates took place on June 1.[2]

1968 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sam Ervin 499,392 82.12
Democratic Charles Pratt 60,362 9.9
Democratic John Gathings 48,357 7.95
Turnout 608,111

Republican primary[edit]

1968 North Carolina U.S. Senate Republican primary election – First round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert Somers 48,351 36.63
Republican J. L. Zimmerman 43,644 33.06
Republican B. E. Sweatt 40,023 30.32
Turnout 132,018
1968 North Carolina U.S. Senate Republican primary election – Second round
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Robert Somers 8,816 60.59
Republican J. L. Zimmerman 5,734 39.41
Turnout 14,550

Footnotes[edit]