Could He Win in 72 Despite Chappaquiddick?

IT has been more than 28 months since Senator Edward Kennedy drove a car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, causing the death by drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne and, some thought, fatally injuring his chances of ever becoming President. In this survey, the TIME bureau chiefs who with the help of 76 local correspondents will report on the five major regions for the 1972 campaign were asked whether Ted could defeat Richard Nixon—with particular emphasis on the residue of Chappaquiddick. Their answers are not a forecast but a reading of present sentiment;...

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