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Mark Slagle

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To Fight the Future: How Our Secret Weapon Backfired

When Jesse Helms first took office in 1973, North Carolina was still a solidly Democratic, largely rural, mostly white state that hadn't produced a political figure of national acclaim since James K. Polk was elected president in 1844. When he finishes his Senate term in 2002, he will return home to a state where technology is big business, the politics are mostly Republican and the population is increasingly Hispanic.

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