From California's Republican Governor Goodwin Jess Knight at an Arizona vacation spot last week came the nod to go ahead on the political treaty of the year: Goodie agreed to travel to Washington this week, receive the blessings of the White House, and announce that "for the good of the Republican Party" he would run for the U.S. Senate next year, leaving his governor's chair open for Senator William Fife Knowland.

Goodie Knight's decision came after weeks of vowing that he would fight Knowland to the death. But Knight, a careful calculator of political odds, was alarmed from the outset...

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