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San Antonio elects the first big-city Mexican-American mayor

In the small, dusty courtyard outside St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in the heart of San Antonio's sprawling West Side barrio, shirtsleeved Mayoral Candidate Henry Cisneros joked with small children and chatted with old people in Spanish. Polls showed that his lead was diminishing rapidly over his nearest rival, John Steen, a wealthy insurance executive from the city's heavily Anglo North Side. At stake: the opportunity to make Cisneros, despite a tantalizingly close race, the first Mexican-American mayor of a major American city. "Now is the...

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