National Affairs: Rising Tide

On every side were signs of a rising Republican tide. New York Times surveyors, still making their way across the country, found Dwight Eisenhower leading in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Colorado, gaining in a "close" Texas race, apparently out of the running only in Oklahoma. The Gallup poll reported Ike ahead with a 60% lead in a region embracing twelve northeastern states with 153 electoral votes; in 1952 he won 55.2% of the popular vote in those states.

Gallup found Ike down seven percentage points, but still holding a comfortable 53% in the region encompassing Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North...

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