Politics: The Battle of San Antonio

A special congressional election in Texas' 20th District, centering in San Antonio, last week drew the absorbed attention of politicians all over the U.S. At stake was the House seat of Democrat Paul Kilday, who resigned to accept a federal judgeship. The candidates were evenly matched: State Senator Henry Gonzalez, 45, a liberal Democrat, and Lawyer John Goode, 38, a conservative Republican. Beyond the battle between conservative and liberal was an even larger question: Was the election last spring of Republican John Tower to Lyndon Johnson's Senate seat just a fluke, or did it mark a G.O.P. trend in Texas...

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