POLITICAL NOTES Poll Vaulting On his swing through Oregon, Presidential Hopeful Nelson Rockefeller sprayed just a whiff of doubt that Vice President Richard Nixon could win enough independent and Democratic votes to win the presidential election (TIME, Nov. 23). Last week, in a visit to Rhode Island, he conceded that Nixon "probably" could win the election if it were held today. But, he added, "we can't foresee now what the circumstances will be a year from now."

Rocky's retreat came in the nick of time. Last week's Gallup polls showed the Vice President well ahead and gaining when matched against either...

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