California: Kuchel v. the R.A.F.

In his 16 years as a U.S. Senator from California, Thomas Kuchel has never felt constrained to spend much time back home. This month, however, he is stumping his state with what for the easygoing Kuchel amounts to near frenzy. Max Rafferty, the fiercest tongue in the West, has Kuchel in the fight of his political life.

Although Kuchel is a formidable vote getter, his opponent in the June 4 Republican primary racked up a thumping vote himself when he was re-elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1966. Rafferty, an ultraconservative, is trying to unseat the liberal Kuchel by...