REPUBLICANS: Now the Republican Rumble

In just seven startling days.

Campaign 1976 gyrated wildly. The breakaway surge of Jimmy Carter had transformed the crowded Democratic race into what looked to be a one-man romp the rest of the way. Then an astonishing string of four straight primary victories suddenly revived the near hopeless candidacy of Ronald Reagan, throwing the fight for the Republican nomination into a bruising, free-swinging rumble.

Reversing roles, the party that likes to think of itself as the more orderly and dignified was now in chaos. Would the battered...

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