National Affairs: Tennessee's Split

Watermelons on ice, fiddle music by the Clinch Mountain Clan and country songs by Grand Ole Opry stars brought out the voters 500 strong one hot night last week in East Ridge, Tenn. (1950 pop. 9,645). After a sample of the most lavish Democratic primary campaign that local politicians could remember, Millionaire Segregationist Prentice Cooper, 62, three-time Governor (1939-45) and Harry Truman's Ambassador to Peru (1946-48), poured it on incumbent U.S. Senator Albert Gore. "He is drawing $75 a day to represent the people of Tennessee," bellowed Cooper in a stomping cadence, "but...

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