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Parents > United States > North Carolina > Senate Class III
OfficeSenate
Type General Election
Filing Deadline January 01, 1879 - 12:00pm
Polls Open January 21, 1879 - 06:00am
Polls Close January 21, 1879 - 08:00am
Term Start March 04, 1879 - 12:00am
Term End March 04, 1885 - 12:00am
Turnout 0.00% Total Population
ContributorChronicler
Last ModifiedChronicler December 26, 2006 07:23pm
Data SourcesNorth Carolina Government (1979), p. 699.
Description During his term in the Senate, Merrimon gained a reputation as "one of the bitterest partisan Democrats in Congress" (New York Times, 10/14/1878). After Vance was elected NC Governor in 1876, he began recruiting candidates to defeat Merrimon supporters in legislative races to lay the groundwork to take Merrimon's seat in the Senate. Though the two politicians were both Democrats, they had developed an intense hatred for each other by 1873.

In the legislative election of 1878, the state Democrats ran two slates in many districts: one pledged to Merrimon and one pledged to Vance. The result was mixed; the Republicans gained 13 seats in the legislature, and the majority Democrats were still divided in their loyalties (Merrimon 40 to Vance 60 with 70 Republicans). The Republican legislators voted for Vance in the election in early 1879, giving him the majority.
LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyConservative Won12/03/1872
NameAugustus S. Merrimon Votes1 (100.00%)
Term03/04/1873 - 03/04/1879 Margin1 (+100.00%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won01/20/1885
NameZebulon B. Vance Votes128 (83.66%)
Term03/04/1885 - 03/04/1891 Margin103 (+67.32%)
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Name Gov. Zebulon B. Vance (I) Sen. Augustus S. Merrimon  
PartyDemocratic Conservative  
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Uncertified Votes1 (100.00%) 0 (0.00%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -1 (-100.00%)  
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