CAMPAIGN '96: RUSSELL, KANSAS: YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN

AT LEAST IF HOME IS RUSSELL, KANSAS, THE STRUGGLING TOWN THAT'S HAPPY TO CALL BOB DOLE ITS FAVORITE SON

BOB DOLE'S COMING TO TOWN, and you'd expect things to be jumping at Banker's Mercantile on Main Street, the store where he bought his first blue campaign suit in 1952 and had it fitted specially for his shattered shoulder. Instead, the place is near empty, except for Joey Ramsey, 17, who is outfitting himself for an event more important than the arrival of Russell's favorite son: the prom. He orders tuxedo model No. 877, the white double-breasted jacket with a black shawl collar. Ramsey, a quiet junior who also works afternoons at McDonald's, isn't all that excited about Dole's visit. "I...

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