In their biggest sweep since 1928, Republicans in Maine last week re-elected three G.O.P. Congressmen and voted Republican Horace A. Hildreth, 41, into the governorship. GOPsters had reason to be elated:
¶ The C.I.O.-P.A.C., which had sent 1,300 New Dealing doorbell ringers into one Congressional district, took a spectacular beating.
¶ The vote was smallsmallest in 28 years. Dopesters who believe that Tom Dewey's chances in November will be enhanced by a small turnout at the polls thought the size of Maine's vote a good omen for Dewey.
¶ Whereas Maine's September 1940 gubernatorial vote was 63.8% Republican, its vote last week...