National Affairs: Balance Restored

To fill the vacancy left by the death of Idaho's Republican Senator John Thomas, Idaho's Democratic Governor Charles G. Gossett exercised a governor's well-used prerogative. Sturdy Charles Gossett, a well-to-do farmer whose political thinking plows a furrow well to the right of center, resigned his governorship and let his successor appoint him to the vacancy on Capitol Hill.

With Democrat Gossett replacing Republican Thomas, the Senate balance-of-power is right back where it started after the 1944 elections. Although five Senators have died and two resigned since the elections, the Democrats still have 56, the Republicans 38.

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