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From the Sub-Series: Description of Materials for 1998 Senatorial Campaign

The eight feet of 1998 campaign records consist of campaign organization files, correspondence, Democratic Party information, financial records, persons files (including opposition research), publicity files, strategy files, topical files, and voter research activities (including polling).

Campaign organization records take up less of the 1998 campaign records than in other election years. However, information on staff and volunteers as well as memos and county information are present. Correspondence records consist mainly of congratulatory mail which includes letters from supporters across the United States, both civilians and colleagues and government officials.

Financial records make up a significant amount of the 1998 campaign records. In this case, the lists of contributors have been broken down into categories based on the person's residence (county) and in some cases by career (SC Lawyers). The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also provided the Senator with a list of their contributors in the form of a notebook.

As with the 1992 campaign, the campaign records here include significant opposition research. A 164-page report, Campaign Research Report on Robert Durden Inglis, dated Spring, 1992, lays out Inglis' life and stands on various issues. It notes, 'the extreme conservatism that has guided him through six years in Washington remains both his greatest asset and his most damning liabililty...Extreme he is, but Inglis is also - by all appearances - principled, consistent and sincerely dedicated to these beliefs...Inglis has proven himself so ideologically rigid, so uncompromisingly conservative, that his election to the U.S. Senate would be a catastrophe for South Carolina's working families, seniors and children.'

Publicity and strategy records consist of records related to the campaign's advertisements and tactics used in the campaign. Of particular interest in publicity are scripts for ads including 'Cookie Jar' and 'Gonzales Gardens.' Also in publicity are speeches made by the Senator and information related to his website. Strategy includes not only strategy for just the Hollings campaign, but also for the 'coordinated campaign' of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

One foot of voter research files includes surveys of voter attitudes in South Carolina from June, 1996, through September, 1998, and extensive tracking polling from October, 1998. Voting record documents Hollings' record in the Senate and his accomplishments as well as a comparison of Hollings' and Thurmond's votes to show that their votes did not necessarily cancel each other out.

Though Hollings did not seek reelection in 2004, files were maintained to tie loose ends of his campaign. Hollings also continued to keep files on other campaigns as well. In 2000, for example, Hollings had a file relating to the Democratic National Convention and in 2001 he has a file on the Presidential Inauguration. In 2003 he began files on those who would be running in state campaigns in 2004, including Jim DeMint the Republican who succeeded Hollings in the Senate. He also maintained files on John Kerry and John Edwards who ran for president and vice president, respectively, in 2004.


  • 1998 (defeated Bob Inglis in the general election)


From the Collection: 800 Linear Feet


Repository Details

Part of the South Carolina Political Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA