California: Up from Death Valley

Ronald Reagan likes to recall that he began his movie career 29 years ago as "the nice guy who didn't get the girl." Last week he walked off with some thing better: an astonishingly large victory in California's Republican gubernatorial primary. The Democrats, by contrast, gave Governor Pat Brown his third-term nomination by a sufficiently meager margin to establish Reagan as an attractive even-money bet in November's general election.

With returns in from all but eight of California's 30,586 precincts, Conservative Reagan had 1,385,550 votes to 663,199 for Dairyman George Christopher, a...

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