DEMOCRATS: The Libertyville Express

Adlai Stevenson's Libertyville Express rolled onto the main line for Chicago last week, and headed down the tracks with throttle widened and lights blinking green ahead as far as the eye could see. Only an earth-shaking derailment could keep Stevenson from rolling right into the nomination next week—probably on the first ballot.

Things began to go Adlai's way right after Estes Kefauver retired from the presidential race and attached his little red caboose to the end of Stevenson's impressive string of delegate cars (including a few sleepers). After canvassing the 54 delegations bound for the convention (see box), TIME correspondents...

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