National Affairs: Comeuppance

In Maine's senatorial primary last week, Senator Owen Brewster, after 18 years in Congress, was unexpectedly defeated for the G.O.P. nomination by a vote of 68,534 to 65,420. The victor: Governor Frederick George Payne, 51, onetime theater manager who began his political career in 1935 as mayor of Augusta.

The outcome was partly the result of Owen Brewster's tie-up with influence-peddling Henry Grunewald (see PRESS), partly a reflection of the views of Maine Republicans on the presidential race; Payne is pro-Ike, Brewster pro-Taft. Ike headquarters jubilantly claimed that all candidates for state office who hitched their wagons to the Taft star have...

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