POLITICAL NOTES: Top Shape?

Some Republicans, fearing that Dwight Eisenhower will not run again and caught up by the feeling against Vice President Richard Nixon, have looked hopefully toward Massachusetts and its G.O.P. governor, Christian A. Herter. But there was a nagging question about Herter's health; he has a medical history of arthritis. Last week able Chris Herter announced that he will not seek a third term as governor —thereby freeing himself to move on to bigger things. And he meaningfully pointed out to newsmen that his health was not a factor in his decision.

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