POLITICAL NOTES: If I Had Been Bitten . . .

Since the day Ray Jenkins first flashed onto the nation's television screens as committee counsel in the Army-McCarthy hearings, his home state of Tennessee has buzzed with talk about his political future. Would the Knoxville lawyer turn out to be a good candidate to run for the U.S. Senate this year against Democrat Estes Kefauver? Last week Tennessee Republicans filed petitions qualifying Jenkins as a candidate in the Aug. 5 G.O.P. primary, and the Republican state executive committee unanimously shouted through a resolution asking and urging him to run.

In Washington, where his boxerlike countenance has become as much a...

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