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Off-year elections boost Democrat
Try as I might, there simply was no way I could
interpret fast week's off-year elections as a mere
standoff or mixed bag, let alone a Republican victory.
No, the GOP fared disappointingly overall, and the
Democrats have every right to claim, in National
Chairman Robert Strauss' words, that the party is
"back on the track."
The biggest Democratic prize captured was the
election of Brendan Byrne as New Jersey governor.
Byrne, a former judge and political neophyte, had
several things going for him in a landslide (66 per
cent) victory which also brought Democratic control
to both houses of the state legislature for only the
third time this century.
rapprochement with Republican moderates and
liberals, spurned Cahill's endorsement of him and
proceeded to throw complete contioi u tln stjie
GOP apparatus into conservative hj'K He thus
alienated many Republicans arid p. ovok.-d an
irreparable party split, something j i-or ty party
simply cannot afford.
Byrne's Republican opponent, Charles Sandman,
an abrasive ultraconservative Congressman from the
rural southern part of the state, practically handed a
potentially winnable gubernatorial election to the
Democrats. The reactionary representative defeated
progressive GOP Gov. William Cahill in a bitter June
primary, largely on wild charges that the governor
tolerated corruption and fraud in the statehouse at
Trenton. In the end. Sandman himself was linked to
shady financial dealings.
Upon winning the primary, Sandman refused a
H im .am wt&?;y.
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in a heavily populated, highly unionized 1
industrial State SUCh at New Jersey. As a
Sandman gavd th Dfcffibcratic nominee carte b
to pursue the moderate, middle-of-the-road
whereby most of the votes are won.
Their win in the Garden State gave the Den
a total of 32 of the 50 states, their highest number
since 1958, and a complete reversal of the 22-18
balance in favor of the GOP in 1969.
Virginia offered slightly more solace fn the
Republicans, as Mills Godwin Jr., the Derrv . atic
governor from 1966 to 1970, made a comeba
this time won as a Republican.
Since being seized last year by a n
McGovernite faction, the once-dominant
Democratic party has been in such a shambk
for the first time in history it put up no cam;
Instead, the party gave its tacit backing to ultra!
Lieutenant Gov. Henry Howell, a Democrat wf
as an Independent rather than risk certain
under the Democratic banner.
Still, Godwin's victory margin-14,000 vc or
1.4 out of over a million cast-was painfully s II in
a state which twelve months ago went for Pn s lent
Njxon wjth 70 of the votes. And even as C ;win
held on to the governorship for the Reput ( cans
(GOP Gov. Llnwood Holton was barred by lav. Jrom
succeeding himself), his party was losing five sr -ts in
the lower house of the state legislature.
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