WASHINGTON — The North Carolina Senate race between Republican Elizabeth Dole and Democrat Erskine Bowles to succeed protectionist GOP Sen. Jesse Helms is a match of textile credentials. Textile-industry giving is almost divided between the candidates, with some companies hedging their bets and giving to both. Fashion firms outside textiles have also placed money in the Dole-Bowles face-off, including Guess, Revlon Inc. and Estée Lauder. Industry contributions listed reflect donations made by company officials in amounts ranging from $250 to the $2,000 limit. So far, Dole has amassed a $12 million war chest and Bowles has raised $7.5 million, making the race one of the most expensive this election, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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