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1996 North Carolina 2008
United States Senate election in North Carolina, 2002
November 5, 2002
Elizabeth Dole official photo.jpg ErskineBowles.jpg
Nominee Elizabeth Dole Erskine Bowles
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,248,664 1,047,983
Percentage 53.56% 44.96%
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County Results

Incumbent Senator
Jesse Helms
Republican

Senator-elect
Elizabeth Dole
Republican

The 2002 North Carolina United States Senate election was held on November 5, 2002 to select the U.S. Senator from the state of North Carolina. The seat was left open after incumbent Republican Senator Jesse Helms planned to retire from the Senate due to health reasons. Elizabeth Dole, a former United States Secretary of Labor and United States Secretary of Transportation, defeated the Democratic challenger Erskine Bowles in the general election.

Election results

North Carolina U.S. Senate Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Elizabeth Dole 1,248,664 53.56 +0.92
Democratic Erskine Bowles 1,047,983 44.96 -0.96
Libertarian Sean Haugh 33,807 1.45 +0.46
Write-In Paul DeLaney 727 0.03 +0.02
Majority 200,681 8.6 +1.88
Turnout 2,331,181
  Republican hold
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