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Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney, Inspiration For Redford’s ‘The Candidate,’ Dies At 83

Former Democratic Sen. John Tunney greets supporters at a 1976 Jimmy Carter campaign stop in Pomona, Calif. Tunney died Friday, at age 83.

The senator was once viewed as the future of the Democratic Party. But his political career was cut short by a conservative tide, and his own missteps that distanced him from liberals.

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