Senators: North Carolina, Minnesota

Race-Baiting Wins Again Helms wins a fourth term by exploiting white anxieties

The contest between Republican Jesse Helms and his black Democratic challenger Harvey Gantt attracted more national attention than any other Senate election because it posed a primal question: Was Helms' brand of racial politics finally obsolete? In electing Helms to a fourth term last week, North Carolina gave a clear answer: not yet, not even in a state regarded as one of the most progressive in the South.

For liberals who had hoped to retire the Senate's most outspoken reactionary, the result was a harsh disappointment. Gantt in early fall appeared to capture the initiative. A former mayor of Charlotte and...

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