Where the Races Are Tough

Republicans around the country try to follow Reagan's lead

As Ronald Reagan solidifies his commanding lead in the presidential race, there is certainly no shortage of G.O.P. candidates around the country who hope to share handsomely if there is a Reagan landslide on Election Day. Many were consciously presenting themselves to voters not just as Republicans but as rock-ribbed and faithful Reaganites. Presidential coattails, however, are often perilous vehicles in state campaigns, which turn more on local and often quirky issues, personalities and voting habits. As the nation's 33 Senate, 435 House...

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