The East: The Year They Stayed In

At the outset, the 1966 campaign in the East seemed to presage danger for incumbents of both parties. Pundits and pollsters alike heralded the political demise of New York's Republican Gover nor Rockefeller, foresaw some uncertainties in the futures of Massachusetts' Governor Volpe, New Hampshire's Democratic Governor John King and New Jersey's Republican Senator Case. As a result, edgy incumbents in the twelve Eastern states fought like Trojans. And, instead of a year to "Throw the Rascals Out," 1966 wound up as the year in which Eastern voters decided overwhelmingly to "Keep 'Em In."

In 14 of the region's 16...

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