June 6, 1962 - Richard M. Nixon became the Republican nominee for Governor of California today. He cleared the first hurdle on the political comeback trail by outpolling Assemblyman Joseph C. Shell, a conservative backed by the John Birch Society and other Right-wingers, in yesterday’s California primary election. The ballot tabulation at 12:30 a.m. PST gave him a lead of more than 2 to 1. Mr. Nixon in November will face Gov. Edmund G. Brown, a Democrat, who had only token opposition in the primary. The former Vice President, who carried California by 35,000 votes while losing the 1960 Presidential election, claimed victory at 10:45 p.m. “We have fought a good battle, and now we’re going to get together and win in November,” he said.