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South Carolina Senate: The Candidates

Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings (D) | Bob Inglis (R)

Primary Contender:
Stephen Brown

Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings (D), incumbent
A U.S. senator for 30 years, Hollings, 76, appears vulnerable this year. The Citadel graduate was 26 when he was elected to the state legislature, after serving in the Army during World War II. Usually regarded as a moderate, Hollings sponsored the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings bill to cut the deficit and opposed the NAFTA and GATT trade agreements. As the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, Holings's involvement in communication regulation issues has garnered him financial support from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, a rarity for a Democrat. He narrowly won reelection in 1992 against Republican Tommy Hartnett, who many thought was a weak candidate. In 1984 Hollings mounted an unsuccessful Democratic presidential bid.
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Rep. Bob Inglis (R)
A three-term congressman from the 4th District in the Greenville-Spartanburg area, Inglis is taking his message of a new South Carolina statewide. He is known for strongly opposing pork-barrel politics and has been an advocate for term limits. The Christian Coalition and others conservative groups have criticized Inglis for calling the GOP's southern strategy racially divisive.

Primary Contender
Stephen Brown (R)
Brown is considered more conservative than Inglis, and as the former Greenville County Republican chair, he can likely count on the support of conservative Christians.
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