Massachusetts: Bad Sign for Nixon

Normally, off-year congressional elections turn on little more than local issues and personalities. These are not normal times, however, and the results of last week's contest for a vacant seat from Massachusetts' Sixth District carried implications far beyond the gritty shoe factories at Lynn or the fishing boats off the gray Gloucester coast.

Both candidates took strong, contrasting stands on national issues, turning the contest into a virtual mini-referendum on the Nixon Administration. The Republican, State Senator William Saltonstall, 42, campaigned almost down the line with the Administration on Viet Nam, the ABM and tax reform. In contrast, Democrat Michael...

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