United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1960

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1960

← 1958 (special November 8, 1960 1966 →
 
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 793,521 497,964
Percentage 61.44% 38.56%

Senator before election

B. Everett Jordan
Democratic

Elected Senator

B. Everett Jordan
Democratic

The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1960 was held on 8 November 1960 as part of the nationwide elections to the Senate. The general election was fought between the Democratic incumbent, B. Everett Jordan, and the Republican nominee, Wilkes County attorney and 1956 Republican gubernatorial nominee[1] Kyle Hayes. It was Jordan's first election to a full term, as he had been elected in a 1958 special election to complete the term of Kerr Scott, who had died in office. The simultaneous victories of Jordan, gubernatorial nominee Terry Sanford and presidential nominee John F. Kennedy marked the last time Democrats won all three top contests in North Carolina on the same day until 2008.

Result[edit]

1960 North Carolina U.S. Senate election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic B. Everett Jordan 793,521 61.44
Republican Kyle Hayes 497,964 38.56
Turnout 1,291,485

Primaries[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

To win the Democratic nomination for a full term, Jordan had to turn back a strong challenge from Addison Hewlett, the speaker of the state House of Representatives.

1960 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic B. Everett Jordan 324,188 54.25
Democratic Addison Hewlett 217,899 36.47
Democratic Robert Gregory 31,463 5.27
Turnout 597,538

Republican primary[edit]

Kyle Hayes ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Footnotes[edit]