By shaping a doughless pretzel plant at Reading, Pa. (pop. 111,700) into the biggest pretzelry in the U.S., Arthur T. McGonigle in 25 years kneaded a reputation as "the man who took the pretzel out of the bar and put it into the kitchen." Last week friendly, self-made Art McGonigle, 51, was touring Pennsylvania on another assignment with a more complicated twist. This November Pennsylvanians elect another governor. And Pennsylvania Republicans bank on McGonigle as a dark-horse G.O.P. candidate who can take their ragged organization out of the doldrums and put it...

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