A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 15, 1982

Few political correspondents have observed more campaigns more closely than TIME's congressional correspondent Neil MacNeil. He still vividly remembers his first, for United Press, in 1950, "that terrible debacle year when the Korean War was at its initial fury, and Joe McCarthy was in full cry." In 1958, MacNeil first analyzed congressional results for TIME, and that occasion also sticks in his mind as "the year of the huge Democratic majorities and the 'liberalizing' of Congress."

MacNeil's assignment included following individual campaigns, and he recalls with special fondness races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, "rich with grand old political traditions of 'Vote...

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