Carolina's Great Black Hope

Despite his proven biracial appeal, Harvey Gantt will find it difficult to unseat right-winger Jesse Helms

North Carolina primary voters made history last week by selecting Harvey Gantt as the first black ever nominated for the U.S. Senate by the Democratic Party in any state. But to Carter Wrenn, a top strategist for Republican Jesse Helms, Gantt's nomination merely confirmed that the Tarheel State remains under siege. Charged Wrenn: "What you have opposing Helms is another coalition of homosexuals and artists and pacifists and every other left-wing group."

Once again North Carolina seemed in the grip of political schizophrenia. The calm and articulate Gantt, a former two-term mayor of Charlotte, may appeal to the progressive voters who...

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