Primaries: Wayne by a Whisker

Wayne Lyman Morse proudly records in the Congressional Directory that he was once a professor of "argumentation." For the past 23 years, his flair for public argy-bargy has persuaded Oregon's voters to keep him in the U.S. Senate—even while he performed his maverick metempsychoses from Republican to independent in 1952 and from independent to Democrat in 1954. This year for the first time, the professor very nearly lost his podium.

Not until 24 hours after Democratic primary polls closed was Morse certain that he had outpointed former Congressman Robert Duncan, 47, for...

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