Testing the Front-Runner Jinx

After Mandate bowls over Illinois, Hart needs a win in New York

In The Godfather, it was the severed head of a horse placed at the foot of the bed. In Treasure Island, it was a black spot pressed in the palm of the hand. In the 1984 Democratic primary campaign, the ultimate jinx has been the title front runner, bestowed by the evening news.

So when CBS Anchorman Dan Rather cheerfully said to Walter Mondale, after the former Vice President had defeated Gary Hart by 41% to 35% in the Illinois primary last week, "Congratulations....

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