Any resemblance between the Democratic and Republican pre-convention campaigns of 1952 is purely coincidental and probably misleading. The G.O.P. is staging a two-man fight for delegates with the lines very sharply drawn and seven-eighths of the delegates committed. Because this fight has attracted more public attention, there is a tendency to regard the Democratic contest as the same kind of a race and to overemphasize the count of delegates in that party.

The Democrats are in a far more fluid state—and will probably remain that way until after the end of the Republican convention. The great majority of Democratic delegates...

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