Elections: Surprises All Over

In three Latin American nations last week, elections produced some eyebrow-raising results—two because they brought serious reverses for government parties, the other simply because it was honest.

∙ CHILE: With general elections less than six months away, a congressional election in Curicó, south of Santiago, turned the sleepy farming province into a sort of Latin New Hampshire. Campaigning as if it were the real thing were the three principal presidential candidates: Julio Durán of the right-wing Democratic Front, the coalition of President Jorge Alessandri (who cannot succeed himself); Salvador Allende of the Communist-dominated Popular Action Front; and Eduardo Frei of...

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