I was living in Tega Cay, South Carolina at the time. Right next to Charlotte. Yes indeed, they were very supportive of Helms. As a general rule, the south is very supportive of all their natives regardless of their party affiliation. To be otherwise is being “ugly”.
Well - as a “general rule” you may be right. However, for Senator Helms, the voices of those who opposed him because he opposed their socialist/communist ideals - among his fellow North Carolinians - not to mention the communist toadies the world over - were very loud and influential - the point that I would wager that most young Americans have NO IDEA of this man’s tremendous contribution to bringing freedom to this world’s citizens!
That may be true, but unfortunately that leads to the retention of ‘ugly’ senators in Louisiana, Arkansas, Virginia, etc.