United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1978

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1978
North Carolina
1972 ←
7 November 1978 → 1984

  JesseHelms.jpg
Nominee Jesse Helms John Ingram
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 619,151 516,663
Percentage 54.5% 45.5%

Senator before election

Jesse Helms
Republican

Elected Senator

Jesse Helms
Republican

The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1978 was held on 7 November 1978 as part of the nation-wide elections to the Senate. The general election was fought between the Republican incumbent Jesse Helms and the Democrat nominee John Ingram. Helms won re-election, by a slightly wider margin than in 1972.

Result[edit]

1978 North Carolina U.S. Senate election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jesse Helms 619,151 54.51 +0.50
Democratic John Ingram 516,663 45.49 -0.50
Turnout 1,135,814

Primaries[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

1978 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election – First round [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Luther H. Hodges, Jr. 260,868 40.08 N/A
Democratic John Ingram 170,715 26.23 N/A
Democratic Lawrence Davis 105,381 16.19 N/A
Democratic McNeill Smith 82,703 12.71 N/A
Democratic Dave McKnight 9,422 1.45 N/A
Democratic William Griffin 8,907 1.37 N/A
Democratic Tom Sawyer 8,482 1.30 N/A
Turnout 650,942
1978 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election – Second round [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Ingram 244,469 54.24 +28.01
Democratic Luther H. Hodges, Jr. 206,223 45.76 +5.68
Turnout 450,692

Republican primary[edit]

Jesse Helms won the Republican Party's nomination unopposed.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "North Carolina DataNet #46". University of North Carolina. April 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-12.