Vermont: Themselves Again?

In the 1964 Goldwater debacle, Philip Hoff, 41, Vermont's first Democratic Governor in 108 years, overwhelmingly won a second two-year term. His reinvigorated party captured all statewide offices and increased its representation in the malapportioned, rural-dominated state legislature.

This year, as Vermonters prepared to elect a new legislature under a federal court's reapportionment edict, Democrats naturally expected new triumphs, since their party is strongest in the towns and cities that would be fairly represented in the state assembly for the first time. Lieutenant Governor John J.

Daley trumpeted that Vermont would once...

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