REPUBLICANS: And Then There Were Two

Vice President Richard Nixon pushed aside the papers headlining G.O.P. defeat, squared himself for the long, rough run toward 1960. Nixon's political situation had changed overnight. On Nov. 4 he stood virtually unchallenged for the Republican presidential nomination in 1960. On Nov. 5 he could look over his shoulder and see a red-hot potential contender in the person of New York's Governor-elect Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller, who ran up a sensational 557,000-vote win in Democratic territory even as California Republicans—including a Nixon protege for attorney general—were getting shredded all across the...

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