The Nation: Muskie: The Democrats7 New Underdog

With the Florida defeat behind, Maine's Senator Edmund Muskie flew over the flat, snow-covered fields of Illinois last week and told TIME Correspondent Dean Fischer how that jarring loss has affected his mood as he approaches this week's primary in Illinois:

For two years I felt the pressure of being the front runner, worried about stumbling or taking a fatal step. There were terrible pressures and tensions. Now we've had a major setback, but it hasn't been fatal. It's like a boil has been lanced. I feel a sense of relief and relaxation. I'm...

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