The Midwest: Heartland Recaptured

Nowhere was this year's electoral outcome awaited with greater suspense than in the Midwest, where millions of Republicans deserted their party in 1964. And nowhere, as it turned out, did the G.O.P. make so vigorous a come back. Republicans not only eradicated their losses of two years ago but also added some upsets of their own, and may well have recovered their historic power base in the nation's heartland.

In addition to the glittering Senate victories of Chuck Percy and Bob Grif fin, the voters re-elected a...

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