IN Wisconsin, the wise political bettor keeps his wallet shut. It is the state that produced both the La-Follettes and Joe McCarthy, where the traditionally Republican electorate sends liberal Democrats to Con gress, where the Progressive movement is still a living memory, and where George Wallace captured one-third of the Democratic presidential-primary vote in 1964.

On this shifting ground, Lyndon Johnson and Eugene McCarthy meet next week in what was to have been a clear two-man duel. Aside from contending for blocks of the state's 59 convention votes, each candidate has a large psychological stake in the primary. McCarthy's is to prove...

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