By last week the 1940 political campaign had, for the first time, shaped into sharp outlines. Many an "if" remained, most connected with the biggest "if" of all: Term III. But some definite conclusions could be definitely drawn.

Democrats. Franklin Roosevelt, willing or no, last week clinched the Democratic nomination on the first ballot.

Needing 548 votes, there were pledged to him a solid 499—without counting New York's 94, Massachusetts' 34 (both of them certainties), also without counting 13 other States which will come if he calls.

To see Mr. Roosevelt last week...

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