Los Angeles: Bitter Victory

The ballots were in and counted, the outcome decisive. By 53.3% to 46.7%, Los Angeles voters last week elected Mayor Sam Yorty to a third term, repudiating both their own primary verdict of the previous month and election-eve opinion surveys. There was a palpable realization that something was missing. No gracious concession came from the loser, Negro Councilman Thomas Bradley, who said that the preceding weeks had witnessed "the dirtiest campaign in this city's history." Yorty, normally so jaunty when things break right for him, was no Struttin' Sam on election night....

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