The Outsiders

In an election year marked by distrust of incumbents, a hunger for change and a surge of support for women, dozens of unconventional candidates are headed for Capitol Hill

MAYBE IT WAS THE FEELING that a dirty Congress needed a lot of new brooms to sweep it clean. Or it could have been the congressional redistricting that followed the 1990 census, creating dozens of new House districts, many with new racial and ethnic majorities -- nuggets of opportunity for candidates who aren't white men in business suits. Maybe it was the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, a spectacle that caused millions of female Americans to look angrily toward Washington -- and dozens of them to head there as part of the powerful movement known as the Year of the Women. Whatever...

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