Elections: Renegade's Triumph

From the start of the ballot counting, the cocksure little Democrat led Incumbent Republican Norris Poulson in Los Angeles' "nonpartisan" mayoralty election. But when Sam Yorty, 51, hung on to win an upset 16,000-vote victory last week, there was precious little celebrating among California's Democratic leaders. Indeed, most of them blanched in dismay —for in a state filled with dissident Democrats, Yorty is perhaps the most dissident of all.

Open to Argument. Arriving in California at age 17 with $80 in his pocket, Nebraska-born Sam Yorty went to the University of Southern...

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