Republicans: Fire from the Right

How times do change. Only a year and a half ago, Richard Nixon was the hero of the national Republican Party—and his rallying of G.O.P. support took him breathlessly close to the White House.

Yet last week Nixon was in a desperate battle for Governor of California, and one of the most dangerous threats to his candidacy comes from a sizable segment of home-state Republicans.

Opposing him in California's June 5 primary is Los Angeles Assemblyman Joseph Shell, 43. A strapping (6 ft. 2 in., 200 lbs.) ex-U.S.C. halfback, Shell is the champion of the state's deep-dyed Republican conservatives, ranging rightward...

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