POLITICS: An Unclear Gauge

The first congressional race of this mid-term election year, last week's special vote to fill a House vacancy in Pennsylvania's Twelfth District, was widely viewed as an early gauge of Watergate's wallop at the polls. The results turned out to be almost as muddy as the Conemaugh River waters that submerged Johnstown, the district's largest city, in the historic flood of 1889. Barring a reversal in a vote review, the Democrats captured a seat that had been held by the late John P. Saylor, a Republican, for 24 years-hardly an encouraging sign...

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