Election 2002: The Big Little Race

South Dakota Sure, it's Thune vs. Johnson, but in a race that's really a face-off between Bush and Daschle, it can get ugly

You would figure that the barbecue that Senator Tim Johnson threw a few weeks ago in Madison, S.D., would be a typical small-town affair. Two hundred citizens showed up for food and a chance to ask questions of their Senator. But so did a BBC camera crew, a Japanese newspaper reporter, a TV team from Italy and the Washington bureau chief of the Economist.

That a Senate race in a state with fewer people than the city of San Francisco is getting all this attention has little to do with the two candidates, Democrat Johnson and Republican John Thune. But control...

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