Massachusetts: G.O.P. on Top

Massachusetts' top Republicans, for a change, approach the November elections as odds-on favorites. Governor John Volpe, 57, now in his second term in office, has been one of the state's most effective and most popular chief executives. By any realistic standard, he is considered all but unbeatable for reelection. And Attorney General Edward Brooke, 46, a Negro, seems likely to win the U.S. Senate seat of Republican Brahmin Leverett Saltonstall, 74, who is retiring next January after 22 years in office.

Brooke, one of the most successful vote getters in Massachusetts history,...

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