A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 18, 1966

THE voting booths were trundled back to the warehouses, the campaign buttons tossed aside and television's paid political announcements silenced. Then came the statistics: the major networks with their computers projected winners across the country (and scored some bloopers —see THE PRESS). After that, the newspapers followed up with column after column listing the results. It was then that TIME'S editorial staff, which in many respects had been working on the election for months, began to get down to the most critical part of its job.

Our task was to fit the results into the intricate mosaic of U.S. political life, to...

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