Even Californians, who love nothing better than a noisy, unorthodox, whirling political campaign, had to confess to a feeling of bleary-eyed dizziness. Just as their primary election merry-go-round was speeding up, grey, quiet Senator Sheridan Downey jumped off. From Bethesda Naval Hospital he announced last week that he wouldn't be riding for the Democratic nomination after all. Reason: peptic ulcers and general weariness.

That seemed to leave the brass ring to his opponent, handsome, spirited Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas (wife of Cinemaqtor Melvyn Douglas), who ten years ago had given up the...

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