I have this English sentence,

The "XYZ" has been successful at mopping up the working-class vote.

Since I want to make sure that I've correctly understood the meaning of the two words (the verb succeed and the adjective successful), I would like to know if I can modify the sentence above and get the same meaning:

"The XYZ" succeeded at mopping up the working-class vote.

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    Yep. I can't think of any difference in meaning (though I'm sure I'll be proven wrong shortly!)...
    – jimsug
    Jun 14 '14 at 17:39
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    Only difference is that the first one indicates activity that might still be occurring, while the second one is in the past.
    – user3169
    Jun 14 '14 at 17:39

That is correct for the most part but there is a little difference between the two sentences. The first sentence indicates that the activity might still be ongoing therefore I would suggest:

The "XYZ" was successful at mopping up the working-class vote.

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