United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1990
|Elections in North Carolina|
The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1990 was held on 6 November 1990 as part of the nationwide 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 "Hands" ad produced by Alex Castellanos. 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.
|Republican||Jesse Helms (incumbent)||157,345||84.32%||-6.33%|
|Republican||L. C. Nixon||15,355||8.23%||N/A|
|Democratic||R. P. Thomas||82,883||11.95%||N/A|
|Republican||Jesse Helms (incumbent)||1,089,012||52.58%||+0.92%|
|Socialist Workers||Rich Stuart||681||0.03%||-0.08%|
- "North Carolina DataNet #46" (PDF). University of North Carolina. April 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-12.