THE CAMPAIGN: On to the Showdown in Florida

New Hampshire was past; Massachusetts and Florida were looming ahead in successive weeks. Even as the victory chants in a Manchester hotel broadened his gleaming grin, the boyish-looking candidate took the lectern to talk of the impending challenge by Alabama Governor George Wallace in Florida. Dropping his genteel accent, former Governor Jimmy Carter spoke jokingly in the redneck slang of his rural South, vowing, "And we gon' take 'im!" His traveling Georgia campaign workers whooped with joy. Then Carter, whose Secret Service code name is Dasher, flew off to Boston while...

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