The Vote: A Personal Matter

THE distinction could not have been more clear-cut: a young Northern liberal pitted against a middle-aged Southern conservative. Yet in the Senate leadership contest between Ted Kennedy and Russell Long, a number of members marked their secret ballots not on the basis of ideology or regional interest, but according to their personal ambitions, alliances, or animosities. Some notable deviations from the customary bloc pattern:

For Long

> Clinton Anderson of New Mexico, a liberal on most issues, nominated Long. Anderson sits on the Senate Finance Committee, which handles tax legislation and is chaired by Long. At 73, Anderson had little to gain by...

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