POLLED and analyzed as never before, accused of indifference toward the candidates and alarm over the issues, the nation's electorate finally got its turn. It spoke quietly. It expressed no overwhelming preference for a personality or a party. But it acted coolly, picking and choosing among candidates for high office and low. And it laid to rest some phantoms that had threatened to haunt the Republic and the two-party system for years. Yet the nation denied Richard Nixon the really massive "mandate to govern" he had pleaded for. In fact, the vote...

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