The Press: Southern Exposure

The night of Jan. 14, when Georgia's legislature met to elect a successor to Governor Gene Talmadge, son Herman's chances were slim. In the first count of write-in ballots, he was running third among the contenders, and the new governor was to be chosen from the top two. Then, suddenly, 58 new votes—all from Talmadge's home county of Telfair—put Hummon back into the running. Ever since then, thoughtful Georgians have been wondering about those 58 votes. Last week they found out. After a month of cloak-&-dagger sleuthing, the Atlanta Journal splashed a well-documented...

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