TEXAS: Roundup Time

Texas had enough candidates, issues, mudslinging and free watermelon to stock half a dozen southern Democratic primaries. But the voters who worked the polls in record numbers last week seemed vaguely dissatisfied. The trouble was that the main event, the 14-man fight for the gubernatorial nomination, had produced no first-rate political showman. If there is anything a Texan abhors it is to have his candidates turn out less flamboyant than the issues they hawk.

Apparently resigned by poll time last week, Texas picked cool, careful State Railroad Commissioner Beauford Jester, 53, the top middle-of-the-road candidate, as its No 1 Democratic...

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