Summing It All Up

My love affair with presidential campaigns began back in 1980, when I covered Ted Kennedy and then Ronald Reagan as a lucky cub reporter for this magazine. Ever since, like a duck hunter or baseball fan drawn to opening day, I have managed to make it to New Hampshire for the start of the season.

The good thing about being at TIME this year is that I've been surrounded by similar junkies. Nation editor Priscilla Painton, who would overdose on her charming intensity if she didn't have such a good sense of humor, has turned her office into a war room...

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