Nation: A Challenge for the Prof

In any other year but 1964, Republican Charles Percy, 46, would almost certainly have defeated lackluster Otto Kerner for Governor of Illinois. As it was, the Goldwater debacle cost Percy the race, but established him as one of the G.O.P.'s most vigorous and attractive campaigners. Rather than wait until the next gubernatorial election in 1968 to resume his political career, the Bell & Howell board chairman announced last week that he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat of Paul Douglas, his onetime (1938) economics professor at the University of Chicago.

Thanks to the well-oiled Democratic machine of Chicago's Mayor...

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