Michigan: The New Generation

No Michigan politician knows how to play the underdog better than Jerome Cavanagh, who as an obscure young lawyer in 1961 overcame opposition from both business and labor to become mayor of Detroit. "I won then," he said last week, "and I can win now." Thus Cavanagh, 37, announced that he would challenge one of the state's best-known Democrats, six-term former Governor G. Mennen Williams, 55, for the party's nomination as its U.S. Senate candidate in next August's primary.

Wealthy Soapy Williams, who resigned his post as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs to make the race, already has...

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