National Affairs: A Hope for Republicans

In the 99 years since the Republican Party was founded, it has never elected a governor of Virginia. For the last 28 of these years, Virginia's government has been held in the firm grip of U.S. Senator Harry Flood Byrd's machine. Last week, deep in its effort to elect the eighth governor of its reign, the Byrd organization was in more trouble than ever before.

Dodging Candidate. Part of the trouble came naturally. Like any political organization long in control of a city or a state, the Byrd machine has reaped enemies and resentments...

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