The Old South vs. the New

As Election Day approaches, a number of contests around the nation are proving especially significant. To assess the chances of Senate, House and gubernatorial candidates and help shed light on local and state issues, TIME this week begins regular coverage of some key races of the campaign.

Challenge to a rightist

On the morning of its 30th anniversary, Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., was filled with more than 3,300 well-groomed parishioners and visitors. At the lectern, Republican Senator Jesse Helms, avatar of the Moral Majority, gazed out approvingly at the congregation. These were Helms' kind of...

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