24 Years Ago In TIME

In 1978 the MIDTERM ELECTIONS during President Carter's term saw the Republicans make gains in Congress even in the historically Democratic South. For solace, the Democrats looked to the governorships and found a rising star in Arkansas.

One of the most interesting aspects of this year's Southern elections, and the most encouraging for the Democrats, is the emergence of fresh faces. Perhaps the brightest new light is Arkansas' William Clinton, a Yale Law School graduate and Rhodes scholar, who at 32 will be the nation's youngest Governor in 40 years. He worked on the McGovern and Carter campaigns and used his...

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