Philadelphia: Search for an Heir

Arlen Specter, 37, entered Philadelphia's mayoralty campaign last spring with overwhelming advantages. He was already well known and popular as an able investigator and prosecutor. On the hustings he demonstrated the intelligence, presence and reformist approach that had elected him district attorney in 1965—the first Republican to win a major city wide office in 14 years. Democratic Mayor James Tate, 57, bore the triple burden of a mediocre record, a ponderous personality and a divided party. But instead of pleading nolo contendere, Tate has doggedly chipped away at Specter's seemingly unassailable early lead....

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