Cover Story: Races to Watch

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But over the past few years he has shrewdly and forthrightly taken stands guaranteed to appeal to the very people who are defecting from Javits. After serving as a rather mild U.S. Attorney General under President Johnson, he made a celebrated wartime trip to Hanoi, where he audaciously attacked U.S. policies in the capital of the enemy. Before Watergate erupted, he lashed out at the Nixon Administration's anticrime and wiretapping policies. He defended the Rev. Philip Berrigan in his conspiracy trial. He allowed Herbert Blyden, a leader in the Attica rebellion, to second his nomination for the Senate at the state Democratic convention. By recently flying to Cuba to chat with Fidel Castro, Javits may have won back some of the deserting liberals. But to maintain his narrowing lead, he must hope that moderates and conservatives in both parties distrust Clark enough to vote for the incumbent.


As far as the issues are concerned, party labels mean next to nothing in Pennsylvania. Republican Incumbent Richard Schweiker, 48, who is one of few Republican Senators given a perfect voting record by the AFL-CIO, has the support of organized labor and the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, the state's anti-gun-control lobby. Democrat Pete Flaherty, 49,mayor of Pittsburgh is a trustbusting populist who opposes busing, abortion and amnesty. While schweiker appeals to many urban Demacrats. Flaherty has a following among suburban Republicans. With issues in such confusion , Flaherty has tried to tar Swhweiker with Watergate even though Nixon and demanded the president's Resignation last May.Schweiker Leads.

HART v. DOMINICK Politically, the Gary Hart who is running for the Senate in Colorado bears little resemblance to the Gary Hart who managed George McGovern's presidential campaign. Now that he is campaigning for office on his own, Hart, 36, has cautiously muted some of the more far-out positions that lost the election for Mc-Govern. "He's trying to be right of Attila the Hun," says the outraged, outmaneuvered conservative incumbent. Peter Dominick, 59, has tried to make an issue of the fact that Hart has only lived in Colorado for a short time. Dominick has made some costly gaffes A few days after Nixon resigned, he dismissed Watergate as "insignificant." In a jaundiced discussion of the United Nations, he remarked that Ugandans would "rather eat their own people than they would food." Better financed than Hart, Dominick is planning a last-minute TV blitz, it will have to be explosive to save his seat.


One of the wittiest men in public life, Kansas Senator Robert Dole, 51, has found nothing very humorous in his race against Democratic Congressman William Roy, 48. In one of the most expensive campaigns in Kansas history, Dole has been continually linked to Watergate, though indeed he was one of its early victims: as national chairman of the G.O.P., he was relieved of all significant duties during the 1972 campaign because he would not play "hard ball." After the election, he was brusquely fired by Nixon.

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