Republican Wrangle in the Senate

Five candidates stage a dogfight for the majority leader's job

For Republicans, the presidential election was more a celebration than a genuine contest. Now, however, as the giddiness passes, G.O.P. leaders have a real election to worry about. Next Wednesday morning the 53 Republican members of the new Senate will choose a majority leader to replace Tennessee's Howard Baker, who chose not to seek re-election to the Senate.

The majority leader's job is one of the several most important in Washington, and five candidates are fighting for it. Since the majority leader cannot also...

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