Nation: Rookies with Big Dreams

Two fledgling Governors try to make a national splash

Because the Federal Government overshadows the statehouses, first-term Governors can rarely expect to become national figures. It is different, however, when they are considered possible contenders for the presidency. That is why attention has been focused on two of the rookies elected in 1976: Illinois' Republican Governor James Thompson, 41, and West Virginia's Democratic Governor John D. Rockefeller IV, 40, nephew of former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller.

Here is how they have fared so far:

Riding High. When "Big Jim" Thompson won the Illinois governorship...

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