THE BATTLEGROUND STATE

BOB DOLE IS MAKING HIS LAST STAND IN THE GOLDEN STATE. IS IT A SHREWD STRATEGY OR A PLOY TO HELP SAVE THE G.O.P. HOUSE?

Like the Shah of Iran in his final days, Bob Dole's campaign doesn't have many places to set down. In almost every big state but Texas, there's an unwelcoming crowd on the ground. Michigan and Illinois? Not good. Likewise Ohio. Forget New York. Even Florida is tilting the wrong way. That suggests an explanation for the official version of the Republican endgame, the one Dole's campaign embarked on last week. It calls for a last-ditch effort to win California and its 54 electoral votes, even if that means neglecting smaller but more promising potential swing states like Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New...

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