Politics: Trial Heats for 1972

A Louis Harris poll, taken immediately after mid-term elections and released this week, set up a hypothetical race among Nixon, Maine's Senator Edmund Muskie and Alabama's George Wallace. For the first time in the periodic sampling, Nixon ran well behind Muskie—by 40% to 46%. Wallace got 10%. In the previous heat in September, Nixon and Muskie each received 43%. It was also the first time in the poll that Nixon fell below 43.3%, the actual vote that he won in 1968.

The poll showed Nixon defeating Edward Kennedy by 45-39, Hubert Humphrey by 46-39, and New York's John Lindsay, a...

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