REPUBLICANS: Inside Strength

Amidst the Democratic furor, politicians and pundits took time to look across the fence and ask a question: What did Harry Truman's announcement mean to the Republicans? Bob Taft thought it made no difference in the campaign for the G.O.P. nomination. Some other political strategists thought it would force Taft to re-pitch his campaign, because Truman has been his chief target. Ike's position, in one sense, was less difficult now: he wouldn't have to run against the man who was his Commander-in-Chief.

Meanwhile, as Republicans got deeper into the business of selecting delegates, some significant things were happening:

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