The Republicans' annual barnstorming tour in honor of Abraham Lincoln (250 speeches at 600 Lincoln Day meetings) was over. And it was now possible to get some new indications of how the local GOProfessionals sized up the 1948 presidential stakes.

The biggest news was that, at the moment, Tom Dewey was slipping. Across the U.S., the men who will pick the 1948 nominee agreed that his chances had slithered off since last November—when he was head & shoulders above all others. Part of the reason was simply that a lot of GOPsters never...

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