Nation: Maverick's End, G.O.P. Gains

In Oregon's senatorial race, the Election Night suspense persisted for days. Last week it became obvious that, in one of 1968's major upsets, 36-year-old Portland Attorney Robert W. Packwood had dislodged Democrat Wayne Morse, 68, from the Senate seat that he has occupied for 24 years. At week's end, Packwood held a thin 3,554 margin over Morse out of 814,418 votes cast. Morse will demand a recount. Unless it reverses the verdict, however, the brilliantly erratic Democrat—and onetime Republican—will retire to raise cattle on his Willamette Valley farm.

A corrosive polemicist and unrepentant maverick,...