POLITICS: Message from New Hampshire

Special state elections often prove unreliable barometers of national political trends. Indeed, the surprisingly decisive victory of Democrat John Durkin in last week's rerun of New Hampshire's long-contested 1974 Senate election may not say much of anything about President Gerald Ford's prospects for election in 1976. Yet if ever there was a masterly campaign aimed at current vulnerabilities of the party in power in Washington, it was Durkin's. His victory in a Republican state shows what a tempting target the Ford Administration has become, at least for the moment.

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