National Affairs: THE TIGHTEST SENATE RACES

Up for contest this year are 35 seats in the U.S. Senate —three more than the usual 32 because of death and resignation. With Dwight Eisenhower's blessing, Republicans last week launched an all-out fight to tip the present Democratic Senate majority (49-47) back to the G.O.P. side of the aisle. The tightest races:

California. Republican Senator Tom Kuchel (rhymes with treacle), 46, backed by Nixon, Knowland and Knight forces, is battling for a second term against fast-rising State Senator Richard Richards, 40, a Los Angeles lawyer. Richards may run strong in Democratic Los Angeles...

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