Scramble to Succeed Two Titans ; Departure of Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond Hastens a New Politics in South

By Liz Marlantes writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, August 24, 2001 | Go to article overview

Scramble to Succeed Two Titans ; Departure of Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond Hastens a New Politics in South


Liz Marlantes writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


As the Republican Party prepares to lose two conservative icons from neighboring Southern states - Sens. Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina - the races to replace them could not be more different.

In South Carolina, Rep. Lindsey Graham, a conservative and logical successor to Senator Thurmond, is on track for what looks to be a fairly easy victory.

In North Carolina, the picture is far less clear - and far more crowded. A number of Republicans from various political backgrounds, including former cabinet secretary Elizabeth Dole, have expressed interest in the race, which could make for a bitter primary battle. Potential Democratic opponents could just as easily capture the seat.

Taken together, the two races reflect the somewhat uncertain hold of conservatism in the South. Both states still tilt to the right, voting for George W. Bush and for conservative congressional candidates like Congressman Graham, who played a prominent role in the impeachment proceedings against former President Clinton.

Yet, the homes of Thurmond and Senator Helms are not exactly conservative strongholds. Both states have Democratic governors, Democratic junior senators, and increasingly moderate electorates. Although many of the high-tech, professional workers that have migrated to North Carolina are Republicans, for example, they are far more moderate than longtime residents, who represent Helms's core constituency.

Moreover, the sizeable black population in both states makes it difficult for far-right candidates to draw the kind of broad support needed to win statewide office. Without the black vote, a candidate in North Carolina needs more than three-fifths of the white vote to win - a virtual landslide. A strong conservative, like Graham in South Carolina, could achieve this. But in general, more moderate candidates, like Mrs. Dole or even Democrats, may have the advantage.

"In the case of South Carolina, I think you'll probably see a pretty smooth transition - a new-generation, younger conservative emerging to take the place of Senator Thurmond," says Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta. "But in North Carolina, it's not clear at all what the outcome will be. This is a seat that could well go to the Democrats."

The styles of Helms and Thurmond themselves may partly account for the difference between the North and South Carolina races.

Helms refused to moderate his conservative views and had famously difficult battles, at times barely winning reelection. Indeed, he had such a polarizing effect on voters that he drove some moderate Republicans into the arms of his opponents.

In contrast, Thurmond softened his positions over the years, even voting for the 1982 Voting Rights Act, and won landslide victories - leaving a broad constituency for his successor to tap.

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