Bob Filner

Stakes high for Clinton in California elections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- He's not on the Nov. 8 ballot anywhere in California, but no one outside the state has more at stake in the results than President Clinton. What happens here in the contests for one seat in the Senate and 52 in the House of Representatives and for the governorship could have a critical impact on the president's next two years in office -- and on his chances for re-election in 1996.

In his challenge to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Republican Rep. Michael Huffington has used heavy negative television advertising to put her re-election in severe jeopardy. A Huffington victory would give the Republicans a key pickup toward the seven seats they need to regain...