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Clinton Stumps for Illinois Senator
October 17, 1998
President Clinton's fund-raising appearance provided Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun's cash-strapped campaign with an emergency transfusion, as the Illinois Democrat struggles to overcome a double-digit deficit in the polls by Election Day.

In Ads, Moseley-Braun Offers Vague Mea Culpa
October 14, 1998
Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (Ill.), one of the Democratic Party's most endangered incumbents, is airing an ad in which the first-term lawmaker mysteriously acknowledges unidentified mistakes.

Moseley-Braun in Trouble
October 1, 1998
Six years ago she was the most celebrated victor in the "Year of the Woman." Today Carol Moseley-Braun is widely regarded as the Democratic senator most likely to be drummed out of office this November.

Clinton Woes a Snag for 3 Female Incumbents
March 28, 1998
The sex and perjury allegations against President Clinton are causing much awkwardness for Democrats, none more than the three female senators who rode into office on Anita Hill's coattails six years ago.

Moseley-Braun's Rich Foe May Be Surprisingly Strong
March 19, 1998
The general feeling among Republican Party leaders is that a firebrand conservative like Peter Fitzgerald isn't so much nominated by the GOP as he is offered up, like a political sacrifice delivered for electoral slaughter in the general election.

Conservative Wins GOP Primary for Senate Seat
March 18, 1998
Peter Fitzgerald, a conservative Republican who tapped into a family fortune to finance his maverick congressional campaign, defeated the GOP's handpicked candidate, a moderate whom party officials across the nation were counting on to retake the U.S. Senate seat from Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun.

Ill. Conservatives Win GOP Senate, Democratic Governor Nominations
March 17, 1998
Illinois has elected more African Americans to statewide office than any other state. But the primary election presents a unique and polarizing question for Democrats here: Can the party choose four black candidates to top posts in November's general election, and still win?

Illinois Democrats' Racial Divide Claims Practical Side
March 17, 1998
Illinois has elected more African Americans to statewide office than any other state. But the primary election presents a unique and polarizing question for Democrats here: Can the party choose four black candidates to top posts in November's general election, and still win?

The GOP: Tug to the Right?
March 8, 1998
The opening question from moderator John Callaway at the final televised debate before the March 17 Illinois Republican Senate primary was simple: Why haven't Republicans in this battleground state been able to win a Senate seat since 1978?

Obeying the People's Call
October 26, 1997
Illinois State Comptroller Loleta Didrickson (R) says she is listening to the people who want her to challenge Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) in 1998. Didrickson, who for weeks had resisted calls to take on the first-term incumbent, said in a statement that she was giving in to popular demand.

3 Female Senators Face Hurdles to 2nd Terms
October 14, 1997
In 1992, the political environment was just right for the three Democrats: Bill Clinton was on the top of the party's ticket, and the lack of gender and ethnic diversity in Congress was seared into the minds of many voters in the wake of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Senate hearings. The result was the "Year of the Woman," when Congress saw a record increase of 22 women.

Illinois Republican Gov. Edgar to Retire, Forgoing Challenge for Senate Seat
August 21, 1997
Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar (R) announces he will leave public office at the end of his term in January 1999, setting up what is likely to be a wild scramble to succeed him and a spirited Republican primary for the right to challenge Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) in the 1998 general election.

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