Nation: Defeat for Dixy Lee Ray

A psychiatrist whips the zoologist Governor of Washington

"Nature did not make me willowy," Dixy Lee Ray once observed. Nature did not make her a diplomat, either. Four years ago, intrigued by Ray's bluff manners and blunt speech, voters elected her Governor of Washington. But once she was in office, her attitude came to seem less hearty than arrogant, and last week she went down to a stunning defeat. Democrats chose State Senator James A. McDermott as their gubernatorial nominee, with 59% of the votes.

It was an unusual campaign, pitting two candidates trained in science against each other. Ray, 66, was...

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