Oregon: The Low-Key Campaigner

Oregon's Republican Governor Mark Hatfield, 40, left Salem at 6 a.m., drove to Portland for a quick speech to railway workers. Then he was off for a 351-mile drive to Baker (pop. 9,986), in sparsely settled, heavily Democratic eastern Oregon, for a typical round of small-town campaigning—an inspirational speech on civic virtue to the local high school assembly, a handshaking tour of an industrial plant (''Hatfield's the name, nice to see you again"), a visit with the editor of the local weekly, a talk to the Powder River Sportsmen's Club. It was all very low-key — but then, even...

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