OKLAHOMA: The Credit-Card Governor

Back in 1970, few Oklahomans gave Democrat David Hall much chance to win the state's gubernatorial race. He had failed in the primary four years earlier, and his opponent this time, Republican Incumbent Dewey F. Bartlett, was a millionaire in his own right and well financed by oil interests. Yet Hall persisted, showing the same determination that got him through the University of Tulsa law school (he drove a Pepsi truck), and then saw him become Tulsa County's chief prosecutor.

He stumped indefatigably through the state's heavily Democratic back country. To meet...

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