A Letter From The Publisher, May 8, 1972

IDEALLY, primary elections can be viewed as national contests in microcosm, races that measure and illuminate shifting voter sentiment across the country. But primaries, like other political mechanisms, almost never fulfill ideals. Local problems, quirky election laws and this year's long, variable roster of contestants can easily warp the reflection of what people really think. Because our business is to report on these attitudes as well as an election's outcome and impact, we introduce this week a new campaign-season feature —a report on a TIME Citizens Panel to complement our cover story on...

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