United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1990

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1990
North Carolina
1984 ←
November 6, 1990 → 1996

  JesseHelms.jpg
Nominee Jesse Helms Harvey Gantt
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,089,012 981,573
Percentage 52.58% 47.4%

NC Senate Election County Results 1990.PNG

County Results

Senator before election

Jesse Helms
Republican

Elected Senator

Jesse Helms
Republican

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 "Angry Hands" ad. 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.[1]

Primaries[edit]

Republican primary[edit]

1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate Republican primary election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jesse Helms (incumbent) 157,345 84.32 -6.33
Republican L. C. Nixon 15,355 8.23 N/A
Republican George Wimbish 13,895 7.45 -1.90
Turnout 186,595

Democratic primary[edit]

1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election – First round[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harvey Gantt 260,179 37.52 N/A
Democratic Mike Easley 209,934 30.27 N/A
Democratic John Ingram 120,990 17.45 -8.78
Democratic R. P. Thomas 82,883 11.95 N/A
Democratic Lloyd Gardner 11,528 1.66 N/A
Democratic Robert Hannan 7,982 1.15 N/A
Turnout 693,496
1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election – Second round[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harvey Gantt 273,567 56.89 +19.37
Democratic Mike Easley 207,283 43.11 +12.84
Turnout 480,850

Results[edit]

1990 North Carolina U.S. Senate election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jesse Helms (incumbent) 1,089,012 52.58 +0.92
Democratic Harvey Gantt 981,573 47.39 -0.42
Socialist Workers Rich Stuart 681 0.03 -0.08
Turnout 2,071,266

Footnotes[edit]