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Uploaded on Jul 29, 2007
In "The Candidate" (1972) a liberal Democrat runs for U.S. senator from California and wins. Actual political figures and news reporters of that era were used in the film. Some are identified here. The candidate himself has doubts during the campaign which compound when he wins. He is supposed to be the son of a past governor. Four years after the film was made, Jerry Brown, son of former Gov. Pat Brown, was elected governor - not senator. When Jerry Brown ran for the senate, however, in 1982, he was not elected. He was elected state Attorney General in 2006.