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Such tasks were The 1890 Election: Success and Failure / 27 routinely assigned to party functionaries, but Murray had decided to run for Congress from the Seventh District, so this activity was part of his campaign effort. Once more, he displayed political audacity. He was not only running in the only district where Republicans had a chance to win, but he was also willing to challenge party luminaries such as Miller and Brayton for the post. His Sumter speech showed that the task did not awe him.
Republicans also had decisions to make. Should they wait for Haskell to declare himself before they took fur- The 1890 Election: Success and Failure / 31 ther action, or should they strongly endorse him in the hope of helping him decide? Would their support hurt more than it helped? Should they instead make overtures to Tillman despite his apparent lack of interest ? What about the Republican rank and file who could not vote despite the registration effort in the spring? Finally, how would those Republicans with the franchise react to an unpopular endorsement?
The rumor that a Colored Alliance bank with capital of $100,000 was being planned in Charleston also raised hopes, but again nothing concrete resulted. When the South Carolina group was encouraged to cooperate in a nationwide Colored Alliance cotton picker’s strike, and it never really materialized, the result caused conflict within the organization and between it and its white counterpart. 46 These failures were not the Colored Alliance’s major problems. The movement encountered its major difficulty when it attempted to cooperate politically with the state’s white farmers.