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1960: State Sen. Robert Morgan, a Democrat, manages I. Beverly Lake Sr.'s campaign for governor. Lake loses the Democratic primary to Terry Sanford.

1972: Jesse Helms, once a Democrat, is elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican.

1974: Robert Morgan is elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat.

1976: I. Beverly Lake, Jr. is elected to the state Senate as a Republican.

1980: Helms' political machine, the National Congressional Club, engineers Morgan's defeat by unknown Republican John East.

1993: Eric Reeves, Morgan's son-in-law, and Paul Coble, Helms' nephew, win Raleigh City Council seats.

1996: Reeves is elected to the state Senate.

1998: Robert Morgan, now retired after serving as head of the State Bureau of Investigation, becomes a leader in the campaign finance reform movement.

1999: Coble is elected Raleigh mayor.

2000: I. Beverly Lake Jr. is elected chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.

2001: Coble is beaten for re-election by Charles Meeker, with Reeves' help.

2002: N.C. Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr.'s majority opinion for the state Supreme Court throws out the Democratic party's legislative districts.

2002: In the redrawing, Reeves loses 70 percent of his old constituents and winds running in a swing district. His opponent: Paul Coble.

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