NC Senate Race NPR's Adam Hochberg reports on the contest to replace Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), who is retiring after 30 years in office. On the Democratic side, Erskine Bowles, who was President Clinton's chief of staff, leads the field for Tuesday's primary. But because of the late date of the contest -- the primary was originally scheduled for May but delayed because of state redistricting problems -- there will be no runoff, contrary to North Carolina election law. And some think that a split between Bowles and another white candidate could benefit Dan Blue, who is African American. On the Republican side, Elizabeth Dole is a clear favorite to win the nomination.