Nation: And the Senate Bids Farewell

To a liberal, a conservative and its only black

Edward Brooke, 59, the only black ever popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, was regarded at first as a shoo-in when he sought a third term. But last week the Massachusetts liberal Republican lost his seat to Democratic Congressman Paul Tsongas, 37.45% to 55%.

Brooke's defeat does not fit the pattern of conservatives beating liberals. In his twelve years in the Senate, Brooke voted regularly for labor, minorities, consumer protection and a host of other orthodox liberal causes. But Tsongas is even more to the left and...

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