POLITICS: Seattle Stunner

"A Republican resurgence," exulted G.O.P. National Chairman Bill Brock. That was putting it too strongly, but Republicans around the country did have something to cheer about. In a special congressional by-election in Washington's Seattle area last week, State Senator Jack Cunningham, 46, stunned Democrat Marvin Burning, 47, by winning a handy 54.2% of the vote. That means the G.O.P. has won two out of three congressional races this, year; earlier, Republican Arlan Stangeland won in Minnesota, though Democrat Wyche Fowler prevailed in Georgia.

A lanky 6-ft. 4-in. plastics manufacturer, Cunningham scored his upset in a traditionally liberal Democratic district that...

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