Nation: Handicapping the Presidential Stakes

A 50-state survey by TIME correspondents last week found ample justification for the pessimism that pervades the Humphrey camp. Were the election to be held now, Nixon would win handily, capturing 34 states with 328 electoral votes (needed to win: 270). Hubert Humphrey, by contrast, can be conceded only ten states, plus the capital, all of which command 121 votes. Four Deep South states, with 39 votes, belong to George Wallace, while Michigan and Pennsylvania, with 50 between them, are rated tossups. Humphrey is so far behind...

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