California: Back to the Republicans

California's First Congressional District sweeps 300 miles up the rocky California coastline, from the San Francisco suburbs in Marin County past the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa counties to the rugged timberlands near the Oregon border. The First customarily sent a conservative to Congress until 1958, when liberal Democrat Clem Miller won the seat on his second try. Youthful and highly articulate. Miller was re-elected in 1960. He seemed a sure winner for 1962, so the Democratic-controlled state legislature altered his district only slightly in the gerrymandering that followed the 1960 census.

Last November, in the strangest congressional election of...

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