Nebraska: Women Take the Lead

Women Take the Lead

Most American schoolchildren learn that Nebraska's outstanding political feature is its unique unicameral legislature. Last week voters in a statewide primary gave Nebraska an even more memorable feature: two women, Republican State Treasurer Kay Orr and Democrat Helen Boosalis, won their parties' nominations for Governor, thus setting the stage for the first all-woman gubernatorial race in U.S. history.

Both candidates have stronger credentials than a mere appeal to gender. Boosalis, 66, who won 44% of the vote against six opponents, was mayor of Lincoln for eight years, and as director of the department on aging has developed a strong constituency among...

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