1980 United States Senate election in North Carolina

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United States Senate election in North Carolina, 1980

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  John Porter East.jpg Robert Burren Morgan.jpg
Nominee John East Robert Morgan
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 898,064 887,653
Percentage 50.0% 49.4%

North Carolina Senate Election Results by County, 1980.svg
County results

East:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%

Morgan:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

U.S. Senator before election

Robert Morgan

Elected U.S. Senator

John East

The 1980 United States Senate election in North Carolina was held on November 4, 1980 as part of the nationwide elections to the Senate. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Morgan lost re-election a second term to Republican John East.



Robert Morgan won the Democratic Party's nomination unopposed.


John East won the Republican Party's nomination unopposed.

General election[edit]



1980 North Carolina U.S. Senate election[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican John East 898,064 49.96% +12.18%
Democratic Robert Morgan (incumbent) 887,653 49.38% -12.39%
Libertarian F.W. (Rick) Pasotto 7,602 0.04%
Socialist Workers Rebecca Finch 4,346 0.02%
Turnout 1,797,655

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