United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1992

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1992
North Carolina
1992 ←
November 3, 1992 → 1998

  Lauch Faircloth.jpg Terry Sanford.jpg
Nominee Lauch Faircloth Terry Sanford
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,297,892 1,194,015
Percentage 50.3% 46.3%

Senator before election

Terry Sanford

Elected Senator

Lauch Faircloth

The 1992 United States Senate election in North Carolina was held on 3 November 1992 as part of the nation-wide elections to the Senate. Incumbent Democrat Terry Sanford lost re-election to a second term to Republican Lauch Faircloth.



Terry Sanford won the Democratic Party's nomination unopposed


1992 North Carolina U.S. Senate Republican primary election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lauch Faircloth 129,159 47.74
Republican Sue Wilkins Myrick 81,801 30.23
Republican Eugene Johnston 46,112 17.04
Republican Larry Harrington 13,496 4.99
Turnout 270,568

General election[edit]



In 1990, after 40 years as a Democrat, Faircloth switched his party registration and began preparations to seek the Republican Senate nomination in 1992. Enjoying the support of Senator Jesse Helms's political organization, Faircloth defeated Charlotte mayor Sue Myrick and former congressman Walter E. Johnston, III in the primary. His opponent in the general election was his former ally Terry Sanford, who, although helping Faircloth raise money for his failed gubernatorial bid in 1984, provoked Faircloth's anger two years later when Sanford allegedly denigrated Faircloth's earlier bid for the Senate with alleged comments dismissing Faircloth's chances in a statewide contest against him.[2] Faircloth attacked Sanford as a tax-and-spend liberal, and despite a poor performance in a September televised debate, Faircloth won the seat by a 100,000-vote margin.


1992 North Carolina U.S. Senate election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lauch Faircloth 1,297,892 50.35 +2.11
Democratic Terry Sanford (incumbent) 1,194,015 46.32 –5.44
Libertarian Bobby Yates Emory 1,194,015 3.33 N/A
Turnout 2,577,891


  1. ^ a b "North Carolina DataNet #46". University of North Carolina. April 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ Howard E. Covington, Jr. and Marion A. Ellis, Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambitions. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999, 489