Nation: Alabama Upsets

The voters are inscrutable

"People in the South love their pollitics better than their food on the table," says Alabama Senator Maryon Allen. With contests last week for the governorship, both U.S. Senate seats and many lesser offices, Alabama's Democratic primary runoff—tantamount to election in a state where Republicans are still considered carpetbaggers—was a veritable feast. And the voters tried a little of everything. Experience counted, but then it didn't. A new face was helpful, but then it wasn't. The voters were inscrutable.

What mattered most was the departure of George Wallace, who could not...

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