2002 United States Senate election in North Carolina

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2002 United States Senate election in North Carolina
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  1996 November 5, 2002 2008  
  Elizabeth Dole official photo.jpg Erskine Bowles in 2010 (cropped).jpg
Nominee Elizabeth Dole Erskine Bowles
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote1,248,6641,047,983
Percentage53.5%44.9%

2002 United States Senate election in North Carolina results map by county.svg
County results
Dole:     40–50%     50–60%     60–70%     70–80%
Bowles:     40–50%     50–60%     60–70%     70–80%

U.S. senator before election

Jesse Helms
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Elizabeth Dole
Republican

The 2002 United States Senate election in North Carolina was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Jesse Helms decided to retire due to health issues. Republican Elizabeth Dole won the open seat. This was the 1st open seat election since 1974.

Contents

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results [1]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Erskine Bowles 277,329 43.4%
Democratic Dan Blue 184,21628.8%
Democratic Elaine Marshall 97,39215.2%
Democratic Cynthia D. Brown27,7994.4%
Democratic Others52,2898.2%
Total votes639,025 100.0%

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results [2]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Elizabeth Dole 342,631 80.4%
Republican James Snyder Jr. 60,47714.2%
Republican Jim Parker8,7522.1%
Republican Ada Fisher 6,0451.4%
Republican Others8,2011.9%
Total votes426,106 100.0%

General election

Candidates

Debates

Predictions

SourceRankingAs of
Sabato's Crystal Ball [3] Lean RNovember 4, 2002

Polling

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size [lower-alpha 1]
Margin
of error
Elizabeth
Dole (R)
Erskine
Bowles (D)
Other /
Undecided
SurveyUSA October 28–30, 2002611 (LV)± 4.0%50%46%4%

Results

2002 United States Senate election in North Carolina [4]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Elizabeth Dole 1,248,664 53.56% +0.92%
Democratic Erskine Bowles 1,047,98344.96%−0.96%
Libertarian Sean Haugh 33,8071.45%+0.46%
Write-in 7270.03%+0.02%
Total votes2,331,181 100.00% N/A
Republican hold

See also

Notes

  1. Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear

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References

  1. State Board of Elections
  2. State Board of Elections
  3. "Senate Races". www.centerforpolitics.org. November 4, 2002. Archived from the original on November 18, 2002. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  4. State Board of Elections