Republicans: Revving Up

The New Hampshire primary, first chicane of the 1968 political grand prix, is still three months off, but already Michigan's Governor George Romney, the G.O.P.'s only major official entrant to date, is coughing and sputtering. Last week, revving up inexorably for a January announcement of his candidacy, Richard Nixon moved into the unenviable spot of "the man to beat."

In New Hampshire, State Republican Chairman John Palazzi reported Nixon leading Romney by as much as 3 to 1. In Wisconsin, which will hold the nation's second primary April 2, polls show the former...

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