THE ELECTION: Issues & Men

Mrs. June Shaw, a 32-year-old Chicago housewife, had never given much thought to politics until she entered a Chicago Sun contest to pick the Illinois winners. Her score at prognosticating: almost perfect. Her explanation: "Simple ... I just listened to what the ladies said while I was standing in the meat line."

When they counted the votes last week, Republicans were almost as stunned as Democrats. The G.O.P. had won a tremendous victory, far beyond its most sanguine hopes (see box). In great part it could thank the ladies of the meat...

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