The Senate: Embattled Heartland Republicans

Two Midwestern states are key battlegrounds for Senate races this year. In Illinois, a member of the old Republican vanguard is fighting for his political life. In Iowa, a New Rightist is trying to overcome indiscretions and missteps in his quest for a second term. Both men are facing tough, aggressive liberal challengers.

Aiming at a Moving Target

A dozen years ago, Republican Senator Charles Percy of Illinois seemed an ideal presidential prospect. Gifted with patrician good looks and a rich, sonorous voice, Percy, by the end of his first Senate term in 1972, had earned a solid reputation as an independent-minded...

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