United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1990

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1990
North Carolina
1984 ←
6 November 1990 → 1996

  JesseHelms.jpg
Nominee Jesse Helms Harvey Gantt
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,089,012 981,573
Percentage 52.58% 47.4%

NC Senate Election County Results 1990.PNG

County Results

Senator before election

Jesse Helms
Republican

Elected Senator

Jesse Helms
Republican

The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1990 was held on 6 November 1990 as part of the nation-wide elections to the Senate. The general election was fought between the Republican incumbent Jesse Helms and the Democratic nominee Mayor of Charlotte Harvey Gantt. Helms won re-election to a fourth term by a slightly wider margin than the close election in 1984.

Helms drew controversy for airing what became known as the "Angry Hands" ad. It showed a pair of white hands with the voiceover saying You wanted this job, but because of a law they had to give it to a minority. The ad prompted allegations of racism.[1]

Primaries[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate Republican primary election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jesse Helms (incumbent) 157,345 84.32 -6.33
Republican L. C. Nixon 15,355 8.23 N/A
Republican George Wimbish 13,895 7.45 -1.90
Turnout 186,595

Democratic primary[edit]

1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election – First round[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harvey Gantt 260,179 37.52 N/A
Democratic Mike Easley 209,934 30.27 N/A
Democratic John Ingram 120,990 17.45 -8.78
Democratic R. P. Thomas 82,883 11.95 N/A
Democratic Lloyd Gardner 11,528 1.66 N/A
Democratic Robert Hannan 7,982 1.15 N/A
Turnout 693,496
1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election – Second round[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harvey Gantt 273,567 56.89 +19.37
Democratic Mike Easley 207,283 43.11 +12.84
Turnout 480,850

Results[edit]

1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jesse Helms (incumbent) 1,089,012 52.58 +0.92
Democratic Harvey Gantt 981,573 47.39 -0.42
Socialist Workers Rich Stuart 681 0.03 -0.08
Turnout 2,071,266

Footnotes[edit]