Last Call, and Out Reeling

Mondale, Hart and Jackson stagger through the final round

In the Olympics, marathon runners end the 26.2-mile race with a dramatic finishing kick into a roaring stadium.

But the interminable race for the Democratic nomination wound down last week like a 1920s dance marathon. Dazed by months of gladhanding and posturing, the candidates stumbled around in circles. Only the prize sustained them: 486 delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday III, the last leg on the long trail to the Democratic nomination.

For Walter Mondale, who has flown more miles, spoken more words and slept...

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