THE NATION: The Thin Edge

Nikita Khrushchev sent a treasure-trove of American goods to his ship and flew home to Moscow. The Pittsburgh Pirates carried the World Series into history.

Even the politically beleaguered islands of Quemoy and Matsu began to float out of the center of U.S. debate and back to their rightful place in ambiguity along the China coast. The pollsters bustled across the U.S. like beaters on an African safari — and found themselves right where they were before the interruptions, staring into that great cliche of the 1960 campaign, the undecided vote.

Who were the undecided? In the key Northern states, they...

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