Money, Mud and Even Baseball

The campaigns for Congress and statehouses are heating up

Presidential contests naturally overshadow the rest of a national election, but the top of the ticket does not necessarily control the fate of those farther down. The party of a re-elected presidential incumbent may profit richly from his hold on the electorate, as the Democrats did in 1964 under Lyndon B. Johnson. Or it can actually lose ground in Congress, as the Republicans did in 1956 under Dwight D. Eisenhower. In either case, races for Congress and Statehouses turn to a large extent on local...

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