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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1996

United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1996

5 November 1996

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

Elected Senator

Jesse Helms

The North Carolina United States Senate election of 1996 was held on 5 November 1996 as part of the nation-wide 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 1
  • Republican primary 2
  • Results 3
  • Footnotes 4

Democratic primary

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

Jesse Helms won the Republican Party's nomination unopposed.


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


  1. ^ "North Carolina DataNet #46".  

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