National Affairs: Wind from the North

Alaskan politics seldom seem to bear much relation to the politics of the nation at large. The territory's isolated citizenry cannot vote for President, are entitled to send only a non-voting delegate to Congress, and must put up with governors appointed by the White House. Nevertheless, the Alaskan vote, cast before the rest of the national ballots in a presidential year, has accurately anticipated national political trends over the last 20 years.

Last week Democratic Alaska veered toward the G.O.P. It reelected, for the fourth time, Democratic Delegate Bob Bartlett, a conscientious and...

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