The Nation: Raucous Round 1 in New York

Saying phooey on the polls, the voters turn to fresh faces

Even in good times, New York City's mayoralty is described as the second toughest job in the country, a killer of political dreams that sentences its alumni to the dark corner of public indifference. Though the city has just begun to recuperate from the worst of times, more Democrats than ever sought their party's nomination this year. Voters last week confounded conventional wisdom and the pollsters by turning out in record numbers, rejecting both Incumbent Mayor Abe Beame and his ostensibly strongest challenger,...

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