THE NATION: Before the Vote

Just as Ohio's Republican Senatorial Candidate George Bender puckered his lips to begin a curbside television interview in Cleveland, a passerby jeered at him, a Bender admirer took strenuous offense, and in an instant the cameras were staring wide-eyed at the best TV fight in a long while. In Pittsburgh, an orator invoked the gods of Republicanism and was promptly conked on the head by a picture of Dwight Eisenhower, which fell from the wall. In New York, Democrat Averell Harriman may have broken a coarse record by calling the state's G.O.P. leaders liars some 15 times...

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