A Hot Time on the Hustings

As elections near, Democrats wonder how many wins are enough

Not far from Jacksonville, Ill., Ronald Reagan stood in front of a farm wagon piled high with freshly harvested corn, defied the cold winds and predicted a warm economic climate just ahead. "It takes gumption to stick with longer-term solutions," he declared during a denunciation of the economic policies of past Democratic Administrations. "I don't want to go back. Do you?" Standing ankle-deep in the dark mud, about 4,000 farmers murmured no. Like the rest of the nation, even this partisan campaign crowd sounded...

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