Off a sizzling political stove came a thick primary stew peppered and ready to serve the voters. Items:

Indiana. Retiring Republican Senator William Jenner, 49, succeeded in promoting the G.O.P. nomination of his hand-picked candidate: Republican Governor Harold Willis Handley, 48. Handley's Democratic opponent: Evansville's Mayor R. (for Rupert) Vance Hartke, 39. whose chances—remarkable in the traditionally Republican Hoosier state—are fifty-fifty.

Connecticut. Democrats meeting in Hartford to choose a senatorial candidate bypassed the eager politicking of ex-Governor Chester Bowles and ex-Senator William Benton, onetime Manhattan advertising partners, instead picked former Congressman Thomas J. Dodd, 51, hardworking, seasoned politico, who will run...