"Never before in our state," said Kansas' Republican Governor Fred Hall, after his election in 1954, "has a governor owed so little to so few and so much to so many." His meaning was clear: the people of Kansas had elected a spellbinding, brilliant politician on his own merits, and the governor owed nothing to the Old Guard Republican organization. Owing nothing, he would give nothing.

Last week the sharpshooting young (40) governor found he had fallen wide of the mark. In a hotly contested primary election, the "many" dumped Fred Hall from the copper-domed State Capitol, sidetracked his...

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