Never before had the Republican Party organization been humming with such speed, efficiency and unity so long before a presidential election. The Republican National Committee was setting up campaign schools, polls and meetings, and was signing television contracts more than a year ahead. But every move was based on the premise that Dwight Eisenhower would be the candidate in 1956. When G.O.P. Chairman Leonard Hall was asked what the party would do if Ike did not run, he often answered by quoting a state chairman as saying: "When I get to that bridge, I'll jump off it."

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