Republicans

Senator Mitch McConnell looks like a two-time loser. Last fall, the Kentucky Republican lost the chairmanship of the Senate GOP campaign committee to Senator Phil Gramm of Texas by a single vote. And last month, a plan by Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (Kan.) to make McConnell "general chairman" of the Republican Party never got off the ground. But Dole seems to have picked the second-term Kentuckian for stardom, and he's rising rapidly in GOP ranks.

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