A fresh wind in his sails, Kerry still must regain his edge among female voters to defeat Bush

KRISTEN BREITWEISER, LIKE HER HUSBAND RON, VOTED for George W. Bush in 2000. Far from being any kind of activist, she didn't know her Congressman's name before Sept. 11, 2001, the day her husband died on the 92th floor of the World Trade Center's Tower 2. But she knows her way around politics now. It has taken her three years to get on an airplane, but she did it on Sept. 22, the day before the state of Iowa started accepting absentee ballots. To mark the occasion, the John Kerry campaign was holding a women-and-security rally in Davenport. Kerry was nursing...

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