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Former US Sen. Ernest Hollings of South Carolina dead at 97

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Former South Carolina Sen. Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings, a moderate six-term Democrat who made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 1984, has died. He was 97.

Family spokesman Andy Brack says Hollings died early Saturday.

Hollings also served a term as South Carolina governor in the early ’60s, gaining a reputation as a relative moderate on desegregation.

He won a special election to the Senate in 1966 and then won the first of six full terms in 1968.

Hollings began his quest for the presidency in April 1983 but dropped out the following March after dismal showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.

His more than 38 years of service in the Senate, from 1966 to January 2005, made him the eighth longest-serving senator in U.S. history.

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