Warming up to the 1956 poll-taking season, George Gallup sent his interviewers out to ask: If President Eisenhower does not run, who is your choice for the Republican presidential nomination? Among Republican voters, Gallup reported last week, the top choices were: U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren 25%, Vice President Richard Nixon 19%, former New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey 11%.

Two days after Gallup announced his results, the No. 1 second choice of Republicans made his position unmistakably clear. Said Chief Justice Warren: "My name has been used as a possible candidate for the presidency. This has...

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