POLITICAL NOTES: Close, but No Pitchforks

Political pundits sat like crows on a telephone wire last week waiting for the kernels of truth to pop out of North Dakota's special election to fill the senatorial seat of the late William ("Wild Bill") Langer. The kernels were a long time popping. After a painstaking, 36-hour vote count, the unofficial verdict was that Congressman Quentin Burdick, first Democrat the state had ever elected to the House, had won his way to the Senate over Republican Governor John Davis—by fewer than 1,000 votes out of 208,000.

The crows could have it either way. If they were looking for an...

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