In the modest little country town of Johnson City, Texas, Voter No. 99 cast his ballot for the straight Democratic ticket. As he did so, he managed a most unusual maneuver: he voted for himself twice. Lyndon Baines Johnson was not only his party's vice-presidential nominee, he was also running to succeed himself as U.S. Senator from Texas. If he nursed any private doubts about either contest, he gave no outward sign. But after he left the polling place, got himself a haircut, and turned up at his Austin headquarters, tenseness took over. The tail of his red sports...

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