National Affairs: Ladies of Maine

One of Maine's prouder political distinctions is that it boasts the only woman in the U.S. Senate, Republican Margaret Chase Smith, 62. Handsome Maggie Smith is up for re-election this fall—and she faces the fight of her political life. But whoever wins, Maine will not lose its distaff distinction. Last week the Democratic minority leader of the Maine legislature, popular, plump Lucia Cormier, 48, tossed her bonnet in the ring to oppose Maggie Smith's third-term bid. For the first time in U.S. history, two women are to scrap for a Senate seat.

Challenger Cormier, who runs a stationery shop in Rumford (pop....

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