ELECTIONS: The Fourth Dimension

The special congressional election in Iowa's Fourth District was important enough to bring Governor Herschel Loveless hurrying down from Des Moines. Loveless, the leading Democrat in a state that was once a Republican stronghold, had a big point to prove: the Democrats are in the Farm Belt to stay. To Loveless, the whole election turned on one big question. "Ezra Benson is the only issue in the campaign," he cried. "Benson is Republicanism."

Last week Republicanism won. In a heavy turnout for an odd-year election, the voters of the Fourth District gave the...