At high noon yesterday, we learned at last that Jimmy Carter of Georgia was our President-elect. It had been a painfully long night with conflicting and inconclusive reports trickling in to us from the United States via satellite, Italian television and radio, and telephone communications with Washington and Los Angeles. For the third consecutive presidential election, I found myself in a far-away land, but my interest in the outcome was higher than ever. Jimmy Carter, beginning his campai9n for the Presidency, was literally Mr. Nobody. His political background was certainly sketchy. Twice a state senator in Georgia, he was defeated once for the governorship, but he was successful the second time in 1970, and he served for one term.
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