An Unconventional Fight

One is nice, the other defiant. The maverick voters of Washington will choose between two mavericks

Way out west, in the Washington with more salmon than lobbyists and more independents than either Democrats or Republicans, people do not like to be told what to do. It could be the pioneer spirit, or maybe they've got a complex about practically being squeezed off the map of the U.S. In any case, they could not have two more appropriate candidates going at each other in the U.S. Senate race, because neither one can be called conventional.

Mild-mannered mom and first-term incumbent Patty Murray, a Democrat, is the antithesis of the modern-day celebrity politician. She doesn't look like one, she...

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