Comedy may not replace mudslinging in 1992, but humorous campaign ads are on the upswing. Representative Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who may run for one of California's two Senate seats open next year, could lead the way. She's thinking of hiring Minneapolis adman Bill Hillsman, whose funny, low-budget ads helped propel Senator Paul D. Wellstone (D-Minn.) to an upset victory last fall.

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