Whistling Dixie: Clinton and Gore to the fore

Clinton and Gore to the fore

When Tom Murphy, the speaker of the Georgia House, helped invent the Southern regional primary, his purpose was clear: "To bring the Democratic Party back to the mainstream of Southern thinking." With probably 15 Southern and border states selecting about 30% of the 1988 convention delegates during the week of March 8, the field seemed tailored for a moderate Democrat who could tell the difference between kudzu and ivy. But likely Southern entries retreated from the fray: Arkansas Senator Dale Bumpers and former Virginia Governor Charles Robb declared themselves out, and Georgia Senator Sam Nunn has temporized.

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