Massachusetts: Southies' Comfort

Louise Day Hicks is a bulky grandmother who would not stand out in a supermarket crowd. Yet she stood out so far from nine male candidates in Boston's nonpartisan primary last week that she may well become the city's next mayor. With the general-election contest narrowed to herself and a bland fellow Democrat, Massachusetts Secretary of State Kevin White, it would take a rash bookie to rate the lady an underdog.

That, nonetheless, is the rating that she covets, and with good reason. Mrs. Hicks collected 28.1% of last week's vote (compared with White's 19.8%), principally from the large blue-collar...

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