1968 United States Senate election in North Carolina

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1968

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

U.S. Senator before election

Sam Ervin
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Sam Ervin
Democratic

The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1968 was held on 5 November 1968 as part of the nationwide 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.

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 9.90%
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

Results[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

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