Florida: A Wave Either Way

However they vote for Governor Nov. 8, Florida's electorate will opt for a new political climate in their state. The choice is between Robert King High, 42, a liberal, city-oriented Democrat, and Claude Kirk, 40, a conservative upstate Republican. Neither description fits any chief executive of Florida since Reconstruction. And for the first time since 1876, a Republican has a fair chance of winning.

Since Dwight Eisenhower's first presidential campaign, Republicanism in Florida, as in much of the Old Confederacy, has become respectable. G.O.P. national tickets carried the state in 1952, 1956...

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