The Election: Poor Prospects for Reform

THE ELECTION

Richard Nixon's thin margin of popular votes widened only slightly as late returns and absentee ballots were totted up last week. He might console himself that his 324,966 plurality amounted to nearly three times the 118,574-vote figure by which John Kennedy defeated him eight years ago. Yet with 31,085,267 popular votes to Humphrey's 30,760,301, Nixon still claimed merely 43.5% of the electorate's approval — the lowest percentage since Woodrow Wilson, battling both Republican William Howard Taft and Bull Mooser Teddy Roosevelt, won with 41.9% of the vote in 1912.

Wallace won...