THE NATION: Independence Day

The little old voter fooled everybody. The experts thought they had him analyzed, charted, taped and ready for delivery. One pollster loftily dismissed him two months ago and would not even take another look. But the independent voter apparently wasn't telling anybody anything. This week he went to the polls and cast his secret ballot. In Illinois, a victorious Democratic candidate for the Senate, Paul Douglas, declared: "This is ... a people's victory." He was right. The little old independent voter was the hero of Election Day. There was only one thing to his discredit and that was his casualness....

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