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Helms Influence May Have Effect On Election

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Sen. Jesse Helms may no longer hold office, but he is still affecting the upcoming election.

Helms attended a Republican rally Tuesday, a day after his 83rd birthday. Republicans, young and old, say Helms' endorsement gives a candidate added credibility. Some analysts agree it can make a difference, especially in a close election.

"The feeling that this guy was a great leader of the party and helped it and shaped it -- that's powerful as I see it," said former North Carolina State University professor Abraham Holtzman.

Helms served in the U.S. Senate from the early 1970s until 2003.


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