Nation: Battle Royal for Huey's Throne

A Republican, of all people, may become Louisiana's Governor

Huey Long made the governorship of Louisiana the most powerful state executive office in the U.S., which explains why half a dozen major candidates have spent a record $20 million this year trying to occupy the grandiose state capitol that the Kingfish built in Baton Rouge 48 years ago. What is surprising is that for the first time since Reconstruction, a Republican, Congressman David Treen, 51, is favored to win the runoff on Dec. 8. That is not what the archpopulist Huey Long had in mind.

But Louisiana has come a long way...

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