National Affairs: Omens from Oregon

Under a burning sun last week, Oregon's shirtsleeved voters stood in long, slow-moving queues, waited hours for the chance to puzzle through a bewildering maze of primary ballots. Nearly 60% of the registered voters decided it was worth the effort—and in terms of nationally interesting results, it was. Oregon cleared the way for one of this year's roughest Senate election brawls, gave a significant lift to one Democratic presidential candidate, slammed down hard on another, handed a meaningful vote of confidence to Dwight Eisenhower and—for a surprise in the election—to Vice President Richard Nixon.

McKay over Hitchcock. In the Republican Senate primary,...

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