THE CONVENTION: THE NATION

SHOWDOWN IN KANSAS CITY

The Republican Party, which has drawn much of its nourishment from the American heartland, struggled to replenish itself in the physically congenial surroundings of the crop-rich plains of Kansas and Missouri. Yet it was a frail and fractured remnant of the party that had swept to an easy victory only four years ago. Political tempers threatened to soar as high as the 100° temperatures in Kansas City. Whatever the outcome of its most suspenseful national convention in a quarter century, the party seemed lost in its internal battles...

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