Mississippi: A Two-Team League

Barry Goldwater may have been an unrelieved disaster for the National Republican Party, but he put the Mississippi G.O.P. back in business for the first time since Reconstruction. He won an astonishing 87% of the state's vote; at the same time, the only Republican who ran for Congress was elected, and Republican officials are still kicking themselves for not having gone after all five Mississippi seats in the House of Representatives.

Last week, in a series of municipal elections, the G.O.P. proved that its 1964 performance was not a flash in the pan. Where the party ran only two candidates...

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