PRIMARIES: Fresh Faces Were Not Enough

In the wake of Watergate, politicians in both parties anxiously awaited last week's primary elections in 13 states, fearing that an angry electorate would crowd the polls to throw the "ins" out just because they were in. The worries were unjustified. The turnout was light, and the voters generally backed the incumbents.

All nine of the U.S. Governors running for re-election were victorious, as were all five Senators and 92 of the 95 Congressmen. Republican Governor Francis Sargent, 59, won easily in Massachusetts, although he is considerably to the left of his...

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