Nation: Signal for the Statehouses

The 1964 Democratic landslide left the G.O.P. a shambles on practically every level, from the state assembly to the U.S. Senate. The nation's Statehouses were a significant exception. The Republicans not only did not lose any; they gained one. No fewer than 17 Republican Governors are now in command, and among them are some of the party's biggest names: New York's Nelson Rockefeller, Pennsylvania's William Scranton, Michigan's George Romney, Idaho's Robert Smylie, Oregon's Mark Hatfield. Last week Washington's promising young Republican Governor Daniel J. Evans, 40, called on the G.O.P. Governor's Mansion contingent to re-assume the responsibility it abdicated during the...

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