National Affairs: Kentucky Earthquake

In last week's election of top state officers, Kentucky Democrats crushed the Republicans under a mountain-sized landslide that shot tremors through the remaining GOProvinces in the farm belt.

Elected Kentucky's Governor by an alltime-record majority (515,299 to 335,404): Bert Thomas Combs, 48, wiry (5 ft. 10 in.), handsome ex-judge from the mountain-valley town of Prestonsburg (pop. 3,585, altitude 645 ft). Combs exploited a year of falling farm income by attacking his opponent, G.O.P. ex-Congressman (1952-58) John M. Robsion Jr., for pro-Benson votes while in the House—and never missed a chance to mispronounce Robsion's name "Ro-Ben-son." Combs's running mate for Lieutenant Governor, onetime...

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