The Nation: The Latest Scoop

Still months from post time, the 1972 Democratic presidential sweepstakes have already recorded a scratch, Iowa Senator Harold Hughes, and an unexpected dark-horse entry, Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris. Assessing his chances recently, Harris noted that he must do well in the early primaries, then "get close to the top two in the polls." The top two by then? Ed Muskie, of course. And? "Scoop Jackson."

When Senator Henry Martin Jackson, 59, began to toy with the idea of a candidacy last spring, he was rated as having little better than an outside chance...

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