When a special election was scheduled for Nov. 10 in California's 24th Congressional District, there was every indication that the Republican Party would be able to hold on to the seat. Last year the district re-elected G.O.P. Representative Norris Poulson on both Republican and Democratic tickets and went 90,010 to 59,807 for Dwight Eisenhower. Despite all this, Republican Governor Goodwin J. Knight spoke an obvious truth last week when he looked at Los Angeles' 24th and said: "We're in trouble down there."

There is a clear reason for the G.O.P. trouble: the party has one too many candidates for the...

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