The news from California made Republican hearts skip a beat. One week after election day, Vice President Dick Nixon moved into a steady 20,706-vote lead in his home state on the strength of the trickling count of absentee ballots. The switch of California's 32 electoral votes reduced Jack Kennedy's electoral count to 300, gave Nixon 223 of the 269 needed to win. Then Kennedy's lead in Minnesota (II) dropped on recheck to a shaky 22,011 (out of 1,537,844 votes cast). Since Kennedy's margins in such heavy-electoral-vote states as Illinois (27) and New Jersey...

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