ELECTIONS: Tough Off-Year Voters Say No

Americans are in a skeptical, disgruntled mood—determined to cut back government spending, turning tough on law and order, unconvinced that women need more legal rights than they already have. In different locales and to different degrees, those were the main themes that emerged last week as voters went to the polls to take part in an off-year election that produced few surprises and no major power shifts.

Although President Ford said the results showed that the G.O.P. is "alive and well," Connecticut's Republican Senator Lowell Weicker, no loyalist, said more pessimistically that the party had "taken it on the chops again."...

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