Italy: Red Reverse

Italy's Communists take comfort at election time, for over the past two decades they have piled up new suc cesses almost every time the nation has gone to the polls. In 1963's national election, for example, the Reds picked up 1,000,000 additional votes — which led them to feel that they had every reason to expect heightened success in last week's 171 municipal and provin cial elections. As it happened, the Com munists were due for a disappointment.

In eight major cities, the Reds' total vote dropped 1.6%. In 93 smaller communities, their share of the vote declined 7% ....

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