Elections: A Hard One to Lose

The only real question about the special election for Texas' Tenth District congressional seat, once occupied by Lyndon Johnson, was how soundly the Democratic conservative would beat the Republican conservative. The answer, last week, was: soundly enough.

Running were Democrat J. J. ("Jake") Pickle, 49, a onetime Johnson congressional staffer and campaign aide, making his first try for office, and Republican James Dobbs, 38, a Goldwater enthusiast who resigned as announcer for a right-wing radio program sponsored by Texas Oilman H. L. Hunt to seek the seat for a second time. Last year Dobbs was the first Republican ever to run...

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