National Affairs: Primary Problems

As he painstakingly formulated his political plans over the past summer, Adlai Stevenson figured that he would have little serious Democratic opposition to his bid for the chance to face Dwight Eisenhower next year. Stevenson laid out his schedule accordingly: he would announce his candidacy in November and immediately begin concentrating on the campaign for the 1956 general election. He figured, as did most political observers, that he could carry the convention without having to dissipate his energy in the various state presidential primaries.

The plan made eminently good sense —until the moment that...

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