Nation: Tumbling All Over

Political analysts just love Connecticut. They think of it as a sort of microcosm, if only because it has a little bit of everything: dreary industrial cities, picturesque towns and superb suburbia. It has a certain amount of agriculture—if tough turkeys, and apples used mostly for bland cider, can be counted. It has roughly 360,000 registered Democrats, 360,000 registered Republicans and 600,000 independents—and the analysts adore independents. Connecticut is small but heavily populated: at its widest stretch, it is less than 100 miles across; within its modest boundaries live some 2,500,000 people. And...

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