National Affairs: Minnesota Miracle

In early winter, when Estes Kefauver announced his candidacy, few politicians or political reporters were listening carefully enough to catch the threat in his tone. To almost every question, the Tennessee Senator's answer was a capsule of political skill, and his comment about the Minnesota primary was perhaps the best of all. Would he go into Minnesota, asked a reporter, and face Adlai Stevenson?

"Well, I concede that things are pretty well stacked against me, apparently," said Estes modestly, "but I have been receiving an awful lot of requests from rankand-file people to enter. I will have to evaluate whether I have...

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