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Dole's GOP Opponent Drops Senate Bid

November 12, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Elizabeth Hanford Dole's hopes for the Republican Senate nomination in North Carolina brightened last week. Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot, who had vowed to fight her for the prize, gave up his bid and endorsed Dole.

"This is a necessary sacrifice for the good of our party, our state and our nation," said Vinroot.

Vinroot announced his decision after Republican National Committee Chairman and Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore urged him to step aside in a Nov. 3 telephone call. Most Republican leaders view Dole as their best hope for retaining the seat that Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) is vacating.

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