National Affairs: The Dixie Touch

Handbills scattered over North Carolina last week proclaimed: "Vote for Kerr Scott . . . [He] has aided our cause of nonsegregation . . . A friend of the Negro." In North Carolina the handbills were obviously no help at all to William Kerr Scott, 58, tobacco-chewing ex-governor running for the Senate seat to which little-known Attorney Alton Asa Lennon was appointed last July. Sure enough, it turned out, the handbills came from Lennon's supporters. Kerr Scott denounced the trick, swore his devotion to segregation. At week's end he won the Democratic primary anyway, beating Lennon and five other candidates.

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