ELECTIONS: The Democratic Tide

In Washington and in the wards, Republicans last week faced up to a blunt fact of political life. The tide that began in 1954 when Democrats took control of both houses of Congress, that carried Democrats into new governors' mansions and state assemblies, that washed Democrat William Proxmire into Joe McCarthy's Wisconsin Senate seat last summer, still is rolling strong. Last week, in a series of state and municipal elections along the East Coast, the Democrats were the big winners again.

In the principal battles, to be sure, Democratic victories were predictable....

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