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Politics

Cowan’s path to Senate began in small-town N.C.

Yadkinville, N.C., is an unlikely launching spot for a senator from Massachusetts.

“You ever seen ‘The Andy Griffith Show?’ ” Mo Cowan once said in an interview. “It was a simple life. Most folks, if they weren’t in the farming industry, worked in factory positions. You knew your neighbors, and most of your neighbors you were related to.”

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