Notes on a Running Fight

In the shifting, running, behind-the-scenes fight for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, three new "compromise" candidates emerged last week: Iowa's middle-of-the-road National Committeeman Harrison Earl Spangler, a party wheel horse for two decades; Delaware's strawberry-growing ex-Senator John G. Townsend, close friend of Senate G.O.P. Leader Charles McNary; and Missouri's middle-of-the-road National Committeeman Barak Thomas Mattingly, host to the meeting in St. Louis on Dec. 7 at which the chairman will be picked.

But the leading candidate was still Illinois's Committeeman Werner Schroeder, who, although he disclaimed any campaign on...

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