A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 26, 1970

THE age of electronics may be making a profound impression on the U.S. political scene, but TV has not quite replaced the old whistle-stop grass-roots approach to the voters. For this week's cover story on the struggle for control of the U.S. Senate in next month's elections, TIME correspondents in most domestic bureaus trailed the candidates in their quest for victory. "It's government coming to the people in a rough, rugged man-to-man manner that television hasn't succeeded in killing yet," says Senior Correspondent John Steele.

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