Clinton Edges Closer, But Doubts Persist

Though bloodied in New York, he's now more than halfway home

THE STREET FIGHT IN NEW YORK PRODUCED NEITHER the knockout for Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton that pundits had once predicted nor the upset for former California Governor Jerry Brown that seemed possible in the heat of the ugly brawl there. As both candidates limped back to their corners, only Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas had reason to grin: he came in second by staying away.

When it was over, Clinton was left standing but bloodied with 41% of the vote against 26% for Brown and a stunning 29% for Tsongas, who had suspended his candidacy last month. Clinton's trifecta in New York,...

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