Politics: The Race After R.F.K.

The assassination clamped an immediate moratorium on campaigning, but there was no end to the speculation about what Robert Kennedy's death would mean to the future of the presidential contest. The first effect was confusion, accompanied by a Babel of rumors. One had it that the U.S. Supreme Court would study the constitutionality of simply postponing the election until 1970. Another predicted that Hubert Humphrey would withdraw from the race in favor of Ted Kennedy. Yet another said that Lyndon Johnson might plunge back into the race. All were remote possibilities at best.

Ironically, however, the assassination probably will have the...

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