Exit Stage Right

Not since Brooks Brothers introduced its red-and-gold rep tie has a movement so seduced the G.O.P. Conservative stalwarts Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Phil Gramm of Texas have decided to yield their Senate seats after 2002, and strategists fear a wave of retirement notices in the next few months. Possible departures include Senator Pete Domenici, a five-termer from New Mexico, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, the other Texas Senator and a new adoptive mom. Aides to Alaska's Frank Murkowski have let it be known their boss is weighing a run for Governor, meaning he could leave the Senate next year. And...

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