The House: Women at Work

Chemistry of a Name

Her opponent campaigns aggressively in bowling alleys and at factory gates. She prefers cozy chats in private homes, where 30 or so guests can listen to her speech while munching on tuna sandwiches and fruitcake. Republican Elise du Pont, 48, wife of retiring Governor Pierre S. du Pont IV, is seeking her first elected office by running for Delaware's sole House seat against the Democratic incumbent Tom Carper. Most observers think that the former housewife's fortune and famed last name give her a strong chance of winning. She insists rather...

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