The Nation: Two Tight Gubernatorial Races

Carter did his bit鼂ǥand is now watching closely

Next week's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey are the first statewide tests of Democratic strength since Jimmy Carter moved to Washington. That is why Jody Powell calls them "the only ball games in town." The outcome will almost certainly depend more on local personalities and issues than on voter sentiment about the President's performance, but Carter campaigned actively for the Democrats in both races, so the White House has good reason to watch the returns closely—and apprehensively. Reports from the two battlegrounds:

Virginia: Howell v....

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