REPUBLICANS: Closer Than Ever

The Republican presidential contenders were pounding hard around the far turn last week, and the race was closer than ever. Bob Taft's strategy had been to leap into the lead at the post, and stay well ahead. Ike Eisenhower had started slowly, but had gained steadily after he settled down to run in earnest. Now, for the first time, the general was just about neck & neck with the Senator in the only statistic that really counts: the number of committed delegates (see box).

Chipping & Corralling. The closeness of the race was something of a triumph for both sides....

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