Nation: The Struggle for the Statehouses

THE glories of being a Governor have largely passed away. No Governor since Franklin Roosevelt has gone on to the presidency; a wise man who covets the White House today aims for the spotlights that play on the Senate. Though the men in the statehouses continue to wield enormous power over patronage and purse strings, their public careers are in constant peril due to the generally parlous condition of state finances and the rising demand for state services.

For all that, the gubernatorial stakes are unusually high in 1970. Governors will be in control...

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