THE NATION: Democratic Tide

The Democratic tide slapped hard against Republican pilings 18 months ago when Democrats won slender control of Congress while Dwight Eisenhower swept to his re-election victory. It swirled and eddied ominously when traditionally Republican, Midwestern Wisconsin sent Democrat William Proxmire to the Senate ten months ago to fill the late Joe McCarthy's seat, and again last month when more Democrats turned out in the Ohio primaries than at any time in the last 20 years. Last week it surged unmistakably across politically powerful California, the G.O.P.'s last outpost on the West Coast. In the popularity-poll California primary, the Democratic...

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