Republicans: Amid the Disarray, a Phenomenon

The Republican race remained in disarray. The harder the candidates ran, the weaker they looked. The less the noncandidates ran, the better they looked. Part of the problem was the defeatism that seems to pervade the party about the possibility of beating President Johnson in November. Part, as Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller have discovered, was the mere matter of overexposure.

Last week Goldwater handily won the Illinois presidential primary with 512,616 votes against 205,690 for his only announced opponent, Maine's Senator Margaret Chase Smith. In so doing, he probably picked up the great bulk of Illinois' 58 convention...

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