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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1998

United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1998

November 3, 1998

Nominee John Edwards Lauch Faircloth
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,029,237 945,943
Percentage 51.15% 47.01%

County Results

Senator before election

Lauch Faircloth

Elected Senator

John Edwards

The 1998 United States Senate election in North Carolina was held on November 3, 1998. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth decided to seek re-election to a second term, but was unseated by Democrat John Edwards.[1]


  • Major candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • Republican 1.2
  • Campaign 2
  • Results 3
  • References 4

Major candidates




In the Democratic primary, Edwards defeated D.G. Martin, Ella Scarborough, and several minor candidates. In the Republican primary, Faircloth easily defeated two minor candidates.[2]


North Carolina United States Senate election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John Edwards 1,029,237 51.15
Republican Lauch Faircloth (inc.) 945,943 47.01
Libertarian Barbara Howe 36,963 1.84
Majority 83,294 4.14
Turnout 2,012,143


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  2. ^ State Board of Elections
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