1998 United States Senate election in North Carolina

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1998

← 1992 November 3, 1998 2004 →
  John Edwards, official Senate photo portrait.jpg Lauch Faircloth.jpg
Nominee John Edwards Lauch Faircloth
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,029,237 945,943
Percentage 51.15% 47.01%

North Carolina Senatorial Election Results by County, 1998.svg
County results
Edwards:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Faircloth:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%

U.S. Senator before election

Lauch Faircloth

Elected U.S. Senator

John Edwards

The 1998 United States Senate election in North Carolina was held November 3, 1998. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth decided to seek re-election to a second term, but was unseated by Democrat John Edwards.[1] As of 2019, this is the last time the Democrats have won the Class 3 Senate Seat from North Carolina.

Major candidates[edit]




In the Democratic primary, Edwards defeated D.G. Martin, Ella Scarborough, and several minor candidates. In the Republican primary, Faircloth easily defeated two minor candidates.[2]


North Carolina United States Senate election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Edwards 1,029,237 51.15%
Republican Lauch Faircloth (Incumbent) 945,943 47.01%
Libertarian Barbara Howe 36,963 1.84%
Majority 83,294 4.14%
Turnout 2,012,143

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1998election.pdf
  2. ^ "State Board of Elections" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2010-06-28.