Political Notes: Pulling Power

For Michigan Democrats, last week's special election in the 75th legislative district was a second chance compounded. It was an opportunity to undo the damage of another special election (TIME, June 2), in which the Republicans scored an upset, gained a one-vote majority in the state house of representatives (thus improving the prospects of the G.O.P. tax program), and demonstrated yet again the pulling power of Governor George Romney.

For the latest round, fought in a swing district just northeast of Detroit, the Democrats nominated Insurance Salesman Victor Steeh, 44, who had represented the area previously, and got every big...

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