In 1978, he graduated from Smithfield Selma High School where he served as the president of his high school political science club and editorial editor of his high school newspaper.
From 1978 to 1982, he attended and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications. Following the 1980 campaign, he initiated the first college chapter of "Americans for Common Sense", a political group led nationally by former presidential candidate George Mc Govern.
Sampling error aside, many pre-election surveys in other states have found whites reluctant to tell an unknown interviewer that they intend to vote against a black.
''He's taken six weeks of very negative advertising on taxes, the death penalty and abortion, and the fact that the race is still deadlocked where it was has got to be of great concern to the Helms organization,'' said Anita Dunn, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
During his college years he became involved in a wide range of political activities. Upon graduation, he was employed by Ralph Nader's organization, PIRG.
In October 1982, he initiated the South Africa divestment movement at UNC when he produced a report showing how UNC was investing in companies operating in South Africa.
His district included Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties. He was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Smithfield, North Carolina where his father Jack Berger owned and operated a metal fabrication shop "Ace Welding" from 1966 to 1996.Also in 1982, he organized students to support and participate in the effort to stop the dumping of PCBs in Warren County.From 1983 to 1985, he attended the UNC School of Law.But few other campaigns can control a dialogue like the Helms organization, a battle-tested cadre of strategists who can create an unrelenting pressure on the airwaves. Poll Results Lift Democrats Given the intensity of the Helms effort against Mr. Helms with 46 percent of the people whom the newspaper considered likely to vote, Mr. Gantt was getting 35 percent of the white support and 90 percent of the black.''If you answered every charge you'd barely have enough time or money to do anything else,'' said Mandy Grunwald, Mr. Gantt, Democrats were ecstatic over the Observer poll results. The poll, based on telephone interviews with 401 people, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points.