National Affairs: Whirlwinds in New Mexico

On election night, 1950, an Associated Press reporter called a New Mexico voting district headquarters, asked: "How many votes you got?" The district tabulator, who thought it was a county boss calling, replied with a revealing question: "How many you need?" Experiences such as this, plus a series of intraparty whirlwinds, discourage any forecasts of New Mexico's 1952 election.

Republican v. Republican. The Republicans' handsome Ed Mechem, an ex-FBI man who was elected governor in 1950 after 20 years of Democratic rule, is running hard for reelection. White-maned Pat Hurley, the colorful Republican...

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