High On Gals In Good-Ole-Boy Country

With the announcement by South Carolina's seven-term Democratic Senator Ernest Hollings that he will not run for re-election next year, Democrats are facing up to a truly chilling prospect: after the 2004 elections, the party could conceivably hold only 4 of 22 seats in the once solidly Democratic South. "The region with the best opportunities for our team is in the South," says Senator George Allen, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Democrats now hold only nine Senate seats in the South, and Republicans are hoping for a major strike that will take five of them. The G.O.P. believes two...

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