POLITICS: From New Hampshire To Florida

Edmund Muskie was haggard and weary as the New Hampshire primary ended. He concluded his victory speech with what sounded like the grumblings of a man wary of being mugged from behind. "The one sensation that I feel most of all almost every day," he said, "is a twitching between my shoulder blades." That twitching will become more pronounced if he suffers another primary setback this week in Florida, where a very poor showing could deal him a serious blow.

As the favorite son-in-law candidate from next door Maine, Muskie had to win big in New Hampshire. His disappointing 48%...

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