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  NC US Senate - Special D Runoff
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Parents > United States > North Carolina > Senate Class II
OfficeSenate
TypeDemocratic Primary Election
Filing Deadline 00, 1950 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open June 24, 1950 - 07:00am Central
Polls Close June 24, 1950 - 03:00pm Central
Term Start November 08, 1950 - 12:00am
Term End January 03, 1955 - 12:00am
Turnout 13.37% Total Population
ContributorChronicler
Last ModifiedRBH September 09, 2019 06:50pm
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Description Willis Smith surprised the political community by placing second in the primary and then winning the runoff. An ardent anti-Truman Democrat, Smith said he was running "to save America from the social planners and plotters." During the primary campaign, Smith attacked Sen. Graham for being too liberal; in the runoff, he switched tactics to making anti-Negro speeches. This was the first such specifically anti-Negro campaign in NC since 1900.
LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won03/29/1949
NameFrank Porter Graham Votes1 (100.00%)
Term03/29/1949 - 11/26/1950 Margin1 (+100.00%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/07/1950
NameWillis Smith Votes364,912 (66.97%)
Term11/27/1950 - 06/26/1953 Margin187,159 (+34.35%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
RaceNC US Senate - Special Election 11/07/1950
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Name Willis Smith (I) Sen. Frank Porter Graham  
PartyDemocratic Democratic  
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Uncertified Votes281,114 (51.78%) 261,789 (48.22%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -19,325 (-3.56%)  
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