A Letter From the Publisher: Nov. 17, 1986

A good political correspondent, like a good politician, always has his eye on the next election. So the timing was right when Washington-based Laurence Barrett was named National Political Correspondent last January, just as the 1986 midterm election campaigns were getting under way. A 21-year veteran of TIME, Barrett provided analysis of the ambiguous voting trends for this week's ten-page special report on the election outcome.

Barrett, who was White House correspondent during the first five years of the Reagan Administration, plunged into his new duties by following such potential presidential candidates as George Bush, Robert Dole, Jack Kemp, Gary Hart...

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