California: Polls Apart

Top contenders for California's gubernatorial race next year are liberal Democratic Governor Pat Brown, who is almost certain to run for a third term, and Movie Actor Ronald Reagan, the state's fast-rising conservative Republican. Brown and Reagan are both the favorites for nomination within their respective parties. Yet neither, it turns out, ranks as his party's strongest candidate for the governorship.

According to California's respected The State Poll, Brown would take 40.2% of the votes cast in a Democratic primary today, compared with 25.4% for his biggest rival, Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty. A Republican primary would give Reagan 34.2%...

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