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One Thing Didn't Change: Money Talks in Elections

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ROSS PEROT wasn't the only candidate who did relatively well by outspending the competition. With a few exceptions - such as Sen. Robert Kasten's (R) defeat in Wisconsin and Rep. Thomas McMillen's (D) loss in Maryland - the biggest spenders won congressional elections.

Nowhere did the spend-and-win rule hold more true than in California, where Democrats Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein became the state's first female senators with two of the nation's most costly campaigns. Ms. Boxer spent $8.5 million to beat Republican Bruce Herschensohn and his $5.7 million, while Ms. Feinstein outdueled Sen. John Seymour (R), $6.9 million to $6.1 million. And Michael Huffington, a Republican upstart who bankrolled the most expensive of all House bids with more than $4 million of h is money, also won in the Golden State.

Senate candidates who outspent the opposition and won the election included Alfonse D'Amato (D) of New York, Christopher Bond (R) of Missouri, and Carol Moseley Braun (D) of Illinois. Big-spending House winners included Richard Gephardt (D) of Missourri, Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia, Steny Hoyer (D) of Maryland, and Mike Synar (D) of Oklahoma. Adding insult to injury

As if losing the White House weren't enough, voters in his adopted home state of Texas did not exactly treat President Bush as a favored son.

He carried the state with 41 percent of the vote, but most voters who were asked told pollsters they don't think he's really much of a Texan. Voters leaving their polling places in Texas were asked if they believed "George Bush is a real Texan." Sixty percent said "no," 36 percent "yes."

Mr. Bush won a two-thirds majority among Texans believing him to be a real Texan. But among the naysayers, 8 of 10 went for Democrat Bill Clinton. The swoon factor

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