United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1996

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1996
North Carolina
← 1990 November 5, 1996 2002 →
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Nominee Jesse Helms Harvey Gantt
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,345,833 1,173,875
Percentage 52.6% 45.9%

Senator before election

Jesse Helms
Republican

Elected Senator

Jesse Helms
Republican

The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1996 was held on 5 November 1996 as part of the nationwide elections to the Senate, and coinciding with the 1996 presidential election. The general election was a rematch of the 1990 election: between the Republican incumbent Jesse Helms and the Democrat nominee Harvey Gantt. Helms won re-election to a fifth and final term by a slightly wider margin than in 1990.

Democratic primary[edit]

1996 North Carolina U.S. Senate Democratic primary election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Harvey Gantt 308,337 52.40% +14.88%
Democratic Charles Sanders 245,297 41.68% N/A
Democratic Ralph McKinney 34,829 5.92% N/A
Turnout 588,463

Republican primary[edit]

Jesse Helms won the Republican Party's nomination unopposed.

Results[edit]

1996 North Carolina U.S. Senate election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jesse Helms (incumbent) 1,345,833 52.64% +0.08%
Democratic Harvey Gantt 1,173,875 45.92% -1.49%
Libertarian Ray Ubinger 25,396 0.99% N/A
Natural Law Victor Pardo 11,209 0.44% N/A
Turnout 2,556,456

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "North Carolina DataNet #46" (PDF). University of North Carolina. April 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-12.