THE SENATE: Some Penance, Much Preference

MAGGIE SMITH in Maine? Gordon Allott in Colorado? Jack Miller in Iowa? Until the vote count was well under way, such senior Republican Senators seemed nearly invulnerable. Many of the other Republican candidates in the 33 Senate contests appeared to have good prospects as well, and party leaders hoped to reduce the 55 to 45 Democratic advantage by at least two. Some even dreamed of G.O.P. control. After all, there were those long presidential coattails. The voters had other ideas. Said one Washington Republican on...

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