Will There Be Chaos or Calm After the Strom?

Last November, NANCY THURMOND, wife of South Carolina Senator STROM THURMOND, walked into the office of the state's Democratic Governor, Jim Hodges, and played him a videocassette. On it, to Hodges' amazement, the aging Republican announced that he was resigning from the Senate and that he wanted his wife to fill his seat. Was this the last hurrah for Thurmond, 98, a Senator since 1954? Apparently not. Several days later, Thurmond issued a statement claiming he had no intention of stepping down before his term ends in January 2003. The Thurmonds (who have been separated since 1991) won't comment on the...

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