ELECTIONS: Republicans: Running Scared

As they gear up their re-election campaigns, Republicans in Congress are increasingly nervous. So far this year, four special elections have been held to fill House vacancies in normally G.O.P. districts, and in all of them Watergate was an inescapable and damaging issue for the party. Largely because of Watergate, Republicans lost congressional races in Pennsylvania and Michigan in February. Last week they won an election in Southern California—but only narrowly and in part because their candidate dissociated himself from Richard Nixon. On the same day, the party lost a psychologically important congressional...

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