On November 7, 1972, Jesse Helms was elected to the United States Senate. This year marks the 45th anniversary of that victory. We are excited to have recently acquired Helms’ the concession speech that Helms never delivered. On the night of the election, Helms handed his driver two speeches, a victory and a concession, and asked that whichever one he needed that night be handed to him on stage. You can also read Helms’ victory speech at the bottom of the this page.