THE STATES: The Governors

Ever since 1954, Democrats have been tenants in a solid majority of the nation's statehouses. Last week, with 27 U.S. governorships—14 held by Democrats—at stake, the Democratic trend continued. With some races still in doubt. Democratic challengers replaced Republicans in six states, lost only three of their own Statehouses (Massachusetts, Iowa, Kansas) to the G.O.P.

Bitterest of the Republican defeats was Michigan, where articulate Michigan State Professor Paul Bagwell (TIME cover, Oct. 24) made his second try at ending twelve years of labor-dominated Democratic rule. Across his state. Bagwell did better than...

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