Mississippi: More Toward Moderation

Outside the Deep South, the trend among Republican candidates has been toward moderation on civil rights. Governors Spiro Agnew of Maryland and Winthrop Rockefeller of Arkansas won office even though their Democratic opponents "outsegged" them; in Virginia's 1965 gubernatorial race, moderate Republican Linwood Holton lost to Democrat Mills Godwin, a hardline white supremacist who shifted his stance to court Negro votes. Last week the move toward moderation manifested itself for the first time in that bastion of the white South, Mississippi.

Republican Rubel Phillips, 42, who ran unsuccessfully in 1 963 as a segregationist, opened his gubernatorial campaign by pleading...

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