Maryland: Loser's Victory

Grey-haired, baggy-eyed George P.

Mahoney had tried and failed six times since 1950 to win Maryland's governor ship or a U.S. Senate seat. When the wealthy Baltimore contractor once again entered the gubernatorial primary race this year, few Marylanders took him seriously. This time, however, Mahoney, 64, was canny enough to concentrate his campaign on a single issue touching the pocketbooks and emotions of many voters: the possibility of a state law ban ning racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing.

Mahoney thus bid unabashedly for the anti-integration elements that gave...

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