Mapping Early American Elections


5th Congress: North Carolina 1796

North Carolina elected nine Democratic-Republicans and one Federalist to the Fifth Congress.

North Carolina used the district system for electing members to Congress.

In August 1798, North Carolina held a special election in which Nathan Bryan was elected to replace Richard Spraight, who died while in office.

District Candidate Party Vote Percentage Elected
1 Joseph MacDowell Democratic-Republican
2 Matthew Locke Democratic-Republican 1,864 56.9%
2 Nathaniel Alexander Democratic-Republican 886 27.1%
2 Robert Irwin Federalist 519 15.8%
3 Robert Williams Democratic-Republican
4 Richard Stanford Democratic-Republican
5 Nathaniel Macon Democratic-Republican unopposed
6 James Gillespie Democratic-Republican
7 William B. Grove Federalist 2,950 73.4%
7 Duncan MacFarland Democratic-Republican 1,068 26.6%
8 Dempsey Burgess Democratic-Republican
9 Thomas Blount Democratic-Republican
10 Nathan Bryan Democratic-Republican 2,058 54.1%
10 Richard D. Spaight Federalist 1,748 45.9%

In most cases, only candidates who received more than 5 percent of the vote in a district are reported. Other candidates are reported as a group, but only if they in aggregate received more than 5 percent of the vote. In addition, percentages for each district may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding.

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