National Affairs: Inching Up

Despite fast-paced campaigning, which has kept him at the head of the Democratic pack, Massachusetts' Jack Kennedy is losing ground in the pollsters' estimate of the race that counts: the presidential sweepstakes. Vice President Nixon has run ahead of Kennedy since July (TIME, Nov. 30), and last week's Gallup polls showed Republican Hopeful Nelson Rockefeller still far behind but inching up:

July September November

Kennedy 63% 57% 55%

Rockefeller 37% 43% 45%

Kennedy was running 55 to 45 ahead of Rockefeller in the East and Midwest, and led comfortably, 59 to 41, in the traditionally...