After the triumphant re-election of President Nixon a year ago, Republicans were talking about becoming the new majority party for the rest of the century. After last month's elections against the somber backdrop of Watergate, some Republicans are wondering where next year's votes are going to come from. Though the party did not suffer a rout and there was no consistent pattern across the U.S., the more the professionals examined the returns, the more it appears that voters, especially Republican voters, had decided to punish the G.O.P. for Watergate. Says Ronald A....

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